Periodontal

Gum disease affects almost half of adults, but most are unaware. Periodontal treatments at Brook Trout Dental can treat gum disease and preserve your teeth, gums, and smile.
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Periodontics and Gum Disease

Periodontic treatment or periodontics is specialty dental care that addresses periodontal (gum) disease and is available at Brook Trout Dental in Casper. The periodontium is the supporting structure of the teeth. Teeth are secured and supported by bone, a periodontal ligament (not unlike ligaments that hold your bones together,) and the gums.

Unchecked, gum disease can destroy the gums, tissue, and bones that hold your teeth in place. A periodontist is a dentist with extra training to diagnose and treat periodontal disease and perform cosmetic periodontal procedures.

At Brook Trout Dental we recommend periodontal treatment if you:

  • Have gum disease
  • Need bone grafting, soft tissue grafting, or tissue sculpting
  • Need a tooth extraction
  • Have had a dental implant treatment

The periodontal sulcus, where the gums meet the teeth, is extremely important to care for as it is the location where plaque is most commonly trapped. Over time this plaque can harden into calculus that is full of bacteria and cause erosion of the bone supporting the teeth. This is known as periodontitis.

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

Plaque, a sticky biofilm of bacteria, is constantly forming on teeth. Periodontal disease typically results from inadequate dental hygiene, which allows plaque buildup on your teeth and under the gums, and on the roots. Untreated plaque hardens into tartar or calculus, which only professional cleaning can remove.

You might not be aware of periodontal disease in its initial stages. The CDC estimates that 47% of adults in the U.S. ages 30 and older have some form of gum disease. Periodontal disease progresses with age, too, as 70% of adults ages 65 and older have it.

Advanced stages cause sore or bleeding gums, changes in the bite, and even tooth loss.

What Are My Treatment Options for Periodontal Disease?

The main goal of periodontal treatment is to remove bacteria from the gum pockets around the teeth. This helps prevent further erosion of bone and tissue. Exactly what your dentist or periodontist at Brook Trout Dental will do depends on how far your gum disease has progressed.

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical, deep-cleaning treatment for early-stage periodontal disease. The periodontist at Brook Trout Dental removes tartar from the teeth and below the gumline with hand tools or an ultrasonic instrument.

They will also smooth rough areas on the roots of the teeth so that bacteria no longer gets trapped there. You may need local or systemic antibiotics to kill the remaining bacteria.

Scaling and cleaning may require one or more visits, depending on the buildup of plaque and tartar.

Surgical Treatments

Advanced periodontal disease may require surgery such as flap surgery or bone and tissue grafting.

Flap surgery

Flap surgery, or surgical pocket reduction, lifts the gums back to remove calculus in deep pockets. After the professional removes the tartar, they suture the gums back into place to fit more closely to the tooth. This procedure reduces or eliminates the pockets, making the area easier to clean and reducing the risk of future infections.

Bone and Tissue Grafts

Bone and tissue grafts help regenerate bone or gum tissue. A periodontist places new natural or synthetic bone where the bone was lost to help promote bone growth. With guided tissue regeneration (GTR), our periodontist places a mesh-like material between the bone and gum. This material keeps the gum from growing where the bone should be, allowing the bone to regrow correctly.

Laser Surgery

Brook Trout Dental uses laser gum surgery to treat moderate to severe periodontal disease. We may recommend this procedure after scaling and planning and in place of flap surgery. Laser gum surgery may have several uses:

Brushing Techniques

Brushing “harder” or with a hard bristled toothbrush does not eliminate periodontal disease nor does it make the teeth cleaner. You should only use a soft bristle brush to ensure you do not damage the gums. When brushing, use the Modified Bass Brushing Technique rather than brushing the sulcus as it can actually damage the gums. Please ask the dentist or dental hygienist at Brook Trout Dental how to brush your teeth properly and for more information about the Modified Bass Brushing Method.

What Are the Telltale Signs of Periodontal Disease?

If you notice any of the following symptoms, we should check for periodontal disease:

  • Bleeding or swollen gums
  • Abscesses
  • Painful chewing
  • Sudden tooth sensitivity
  • Persistently bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Shifting or loose teeth

Timely periodontal treatments are essential for protecting your dental and overall health.

How to Get the Most Effective Periodontal Treatment

If you are experiencing any of the signs of periodontal disease, contact our office today to set up your appointment for periodontal treatments in Casper.

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