If you are experiencing issues with your gums, you may be concerned that you have gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. The only way to determine with certainty what you are dealing with is to have a dentist examine your gums to produce a diagnosis.
If you suspect something is wrong with your gums, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Scottsdale dentist to schedule your first free consultation. We can help you determine what is going on and how we can help you. Dr. Todd Shatkin has assisted patients in achieving a beautiful and healthy smile for many years.
Treatments for Gum Disease
There are several options to treat your gums, depending on how far your periodontal disease has progressed. Your dentist will handle minor cases quite differently than cases that have been neglected for a very long time. Please keep reading to learn more about the treatments we can provide you for a healthier smile.
Getting a dental cleaning can help resolve inflammation and redness in your gums. If your gum disease is caused by plaque or tartar buildup, the only way you can ensure that all of this residue is removed is through professional dental cleaning. You cannot remove tartar at home.
Regular cleanings can help prevent further flare-ups of gingivitis and periodontal disease. Ensure you maintain an excellent oral hygiene routine at home between dental cleanings.
Depending on how your gums are affected by periodontal disease, two types of gum surgery can be helpful.
You may have constant flare-ups of gingivitis due to gum overgrowth. Scaling back your gumline can make it easier for you to prevent flare-ups.
If your gum disease has progressed enough, you may notice that your gumline has begun to recede. In that case, your teeth may become loose and at risk of falling out. Gum grafting can prevent tooth loss.
In some cases of gum disease, your teeth will have been affected by your condition so severely that you will need to have a tooth or several teeth extracted. This is usually the case when someone’s periodontal disease is from plaque and tartar buildup on their teeth.
Once a tooth has been coated in plaque and tartar for long enough, it can decay badly enough that your dentist cannot save it. Extracting the tooth would be the only solution. Fortunately, we offer ways to replace missing teeth that are minimally invasive and have a quick recovery.
Mini Dental Implant
When gum disease is severe, it can result in teeth becoming loose and falling out. Having one or several missing teeth can be extremely upsetting, and it also comes with significant detriments.
When you have missing teeth, you are not free to eat whatever you want. People may point out the gaps in your smile, which can leave you feeling very insecure. You may have trouble talking normally with teeth missing. Lastly, your jawbone requires constant pressure from having teeth to retain its shape.
Your jawbone can degenerate over time if you leave missing teeth untreated, which could affect your face shape.
Mini dental implants are the current leading solution for missing teeth due to gum disease. The procedure requires very little jawbone structure, a short recovery period, and provides you with excellent results. Mini dental implants are far less invasive than traditional dental implants, which makes for an easier recovery.
We Provide Free Consultations
Do you need help fighting gum disease? Please do not wait to reach out to our Scottsdale dentist right away. Dr. Todd Shatkin is a world-renowned dentist who cares deeply about his patients.
You can schedule your free consultation with us right away. Give our office a call; we would be happy to help you get your consultation booked.