One out of every four adults in this country over the age of 35 currently has some type of gum disease, and likely they don’t even know it yet. For those individuals with a more serious form of gum disease, they’re suffering from what is known as periodontis. It’s a harsh, very severe type of gum disease that is normally precluded by gingivitis, a more common form of gum disease. By quickly identifying gingivitis, the West Hempstead periodontists at Confident Smile Dental can help its patients before they contract full-blown periodontis.
Fortunately, most gum ailments can be successfully treated, as long as they are identified before they reach the crucial stage. In many instances, busy people are prone to neglect their gum issues, because initially they’re only slightly annoying. By stalling when it comes to treatment, gum disease can lead to systemic illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and even dementia. It is also the cause of tooth loss more than 70% of the time, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).
The words “gum disease” will justifiably frighten people and many feel ashamed for not proactively seeking treatment for the condition when they learn the news. As they say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, and it couldn’t be any more relevant than when it comes to periodontis. The reality of the situation is that some very drastic forms of gum disease can never be completely treated; making regular dental visits always a must.
Any skilled periodontist will customarily first try to opt for non-surgical options if possible. If the gums are not yet severely pulled back, an in-depth cleaning of the periodontal pockets may be recommended. This procedure entails the elimination of plaque and tartar adjacent to the gum line to diminish the foundation of bacterial-related illnesses. If intercepted at an ideal juncture, gum surgery can be avoided and as long as continual care is part of the gum disease preventive maintenance, it can be controlled, in most cases.
Surgical gum recession treatment methods are employed in more advanced cases, where the receded gum line is unlikely to grow back on its own. The two leading surgeries for treating receding gums are soft tissue grafts and bone grafts. Soft tissue grafts are performed by relocating gum tissue from other sections of the mouth and are normally the less-invasive procedure to choose for those who qualify.
With bone grafting, a portion of another bone is removed from the patient’s jaw or hip, for example, and then transplanted to the jawbone. It may take six to nine months for the transplanted bone to generate sufficient new bone and support a dental implant. In some instances, the patient may need only negligible bone grafting, normally done simultaneously during the implant surgery. The state of the patient’s jawbone determines how the periodonist will proceed, but in many cases, placing it over the exposed spaces and suturing them in position is the solution. This procedure is fairly easy to perform and customarily requires only gentle painkilling treatments that will last for a lifetime with appropriate care.
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