Gum disease does more than harm your overall oral health. When you have gum disease, no matter how severe, you need to get treatment right away. One of Union Square, San Francisco's top general dentists, Daniel D. Barry III, DDS, is an expert in advanced periodontal therapy techniques. Dr. Barry’s patients are on a path to healthier teeth and gums, starting with their first periodontal treatment.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, can range in severity, but as it progresses, it starts breaking down bone and tissue that support your teeth. Gingivitis is the least severe type of gum disease.
As it progresses, however, it turns into periodontitis, which can eventually become advanced periodontitis. Depending on the stage of periodontal disease, you may experience:
As your condition worsens, your gums start pulling away from your teeth. Not only can this result in loose teeth, in severe cases, but your teeth may also fall out.
If you have gum disease, even early stages of gum disease, you need periodontal therapy.
Your treatment begins with a dental prophylaxis (deep scaling). During this procedure, your dental hygienist removes harmful bacteria, plaque, and biofilm by scraping them away from below your gum line.
You may also need root planing, which involves removing rough spots where germs and bacteria tend to gather. If you have an infection, you could even require medications, such as antibiotics, to fight the bacteria.
In the most severe cases, flap surgery helps treat inflammation deep in your gum pockets and when there has been no improvement from cleaning or medications. This procedure involves lifting your gums back, scraping away tartar, then suturing your gums back into place.
Some cases of gum disease require bone and tissue grafts. This type of procedure is essential if you need to replace destroyed bone or gum tissue with healthy tissue from another area of your body.
Over time, the new tissue grows with healthy gum tissue you already have, making a healthy and stable environment for your teeth. Dr. Barry works closely with periodontists and other specialists who ensure that your periodontal therapy helps you fully recover from gum disease.
If you’re worried about gum disease or have already had a history of it, you need to visit the office of Daniel D. Barry III, DDS, in San Francisco. Book your appointment either over the phone or online.