A healthy, beautiful smile is built off the support of healthy gums and bone. If the mouth is affected by gum disease, the progressive condition will begin to break down these support structures, eventually increasing your risk for systemic health issues. Gum disease first develops as an infection of the gum tissue, when sticky plaque on the teeth is left to harden into tartar above and below the gumline. This bacterial invasion causes inflammation of the gums, which will begin to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets that will continue to harbor bacteria and toxins. Unless caught in the very earliest stages, gum disease is irreversible and can lead to damage of the gum tissue and bone, and even tooth loss. Seeking treatment at the first symptoms of gum disease is crucial to maintaining the health of your gums long-term!
Although more serious stages of gum disease cannot be cured, effective and routine management and proper at-home care can slow or halt its progression. Periodontal maintenance is a routine in-office deep cleaning scheduled every 3-4 months, after successful completion of gum disease therapy. At these appointments, we will remove plaque and tartar that has built up above and below the gumline. Dr. Medgaus will also actively check for signs of returning inflammation or infection and closely monitor or treat areas of concern. With attentive care to the health of your gums, we can help you maintain a healthy smile long-term!
Our personalized gum disease treatment targets specific stages of gum disease, all with the purpose of eliminating dangerous bacteria and restoring health to the gums, teeth, and bone. With over 35 years of experience, Dr. Medgaus is skilled in all treatments related to gum disease and can effectively return health to your smile! Our treatments include scaling and root planing and osseous surgery, in addition to periodontal maintenance to ensure gum disease does not return after treatment.
The purpose of scaling and root planing is to deep clean the teeth, removing the plaque and tartar buildup and ridding the area of bacteria and infection. Once the area has been cleaned and the tooth roots smoothed, the gums can reattach back to the teeth, lessening the depths of the pockets around them and reducing the risk for infection in the future.
Osseous “flap” surgery is the surgical removal of diseased gum tissue and elimination of bacteria and infection from the deep pockets around the affected teeth and bone. During surgery, gum tissue is incised to gain access to the tooth roots for proper deep cleaning and removal of plaque and tartar buildup. Bone is smoothed to allow healthy gum tissue to reattach, lessening the depth of the pockets and creating an infection-free environment to halt bacterial buildup.