Periodontal Treatment Options: Which One is Right for You?

Periodontal disease affects millions of people every year. It is a common condition that causes inflammation and infection of the gums, ligaments, and bone that support your teeth. When left untreated, periodontal disease can cause tooth loss and other health complications. Fortunately, there are several periodontal treatment options available that can help you maintain healthy gums and prevent tooth loss. Join us to explore some of the periodontal treatment options that we offer at Elkhart Periodontics and Implants.

Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that involves transplanting bone tissue to replace missing or damaged bone. It is a common procedure for patients who have lost bone due to periodontal disease. Bone grafting can help regenerate lost bone and improve the stability of teeth. During the procedure, your periodontist will make an incision in your gum tissue and place bone graft material in the area where bone loss has occurred. The bone graft will then be covered with a special membrane to help promote healing. Over time, the bone graft will integrate with your existing bone tissue and create a stronger foundation for your teeth.

Gum Grafting

Gum recession is a common symptom of periodontal disease that can make your teeth appear longer than normal. It can also expose the sensitive roots of your teeth, which can cause discomfort and increase your risk of tooth decay. Gum grafting is a surgical procedure that can help restore your gum tissue to its original position and improve the appearance of your smile. During the procedure, your periodontist will remove a small piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth or a tissue bank and use it to cover the exposed roots of your teeth. The tissue will be sutured in place and will eventually fuse with your existing gum tissue to create a stronger, healthier gum line.

Oral Cancer Exam

Oral cancer is a serious condition that can be life-threatening if not detected early. At Elkhart Periodontics, we offer oral cancer exams as part of our comprehensive dental exams. During the exam, your periodontist will examine your mouth, throat, and neck for any signs of cancerous or precancerous cells. Early detection is key to successful treatment, so it is important to schedule regular dental exams to stay on top of your oral health.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a non-surgical treatment option for periodontal disease that uses a specialized laser to remove bacteria and infected tissue from your gums. The laser is able to target specific areas of your gum tissue without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue. Laser therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that can help reduce inflammation, improve healing, and restore your gum tissue to its healthy state.

Contact Us Today

Periodontal disease is a common condition that can lead to tooth loss and other health complications if left untreated. At Elkhart Periodontics and Implants, we offer a range of periodontal treatment options to help you maintain healthy gums and prevent tooth loss. From bone grafting and gum grafting to laser therapy and oral cancer exams, our team of skilled professionals is committed to providing the highest quality care to our patients. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you achieve optimal oral health.

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