Periodontal Disease.What makes a smile healthy? While our teeth may be front and center when we see our smiles, keeping our teeth clean and free from plaque or decay is only just a piece of the puzzle. Behind the scenes, our gums and the supporting bone beneath them are what is holding our teeth in place, and they can be just as susceptible to damage and infections as our teeth are. Gum disease, a bacterial infection that affects our gums and supporting tissue is one of the biggest threats to our oral health and can even lead to tooth loss. Therefore fending off gum disease is a necessity if you want a smile that lasts for a lifetime. 

Periodontics is an area of dentistry that focuses specifically on the gums and supporting bone, preventing or treating gum disease, and preserving good oral health. That’s why at the dental office of Tracy T. Windham, we are always on the lookout for early signs of gum disease, and provide professional periodontal treatment to our patients from Little Rock, AR and the surrounding communities. We offer a range of periodontal therapy options so we can effectively treat gum disease at any stage.

Periodontal Therapy Procedures

Periodontal therapy includes both surgical and non-surgical techniques to restore health to the tissues that support the teeth (gums and bone) and prevent tooth loss. The types of therapy that we will recommend for your treatment will depend on the severity of your gum disease. Our periodontal therapy options include:

  • Scaling and Root Planing - Used for earlier stages of gum disease to keep it under control and prevent it from advancing, this process cleans away plaque and tartar that has built up beneath the gum tissue using special scaling or ultrasonic dental tools.
  • Gum Grafting - As gum disease becomes more severe, gum tissue is gradually lost which comprises the support for our teeth. When that gum tissue is lost, it is sometimes necessary to replace it by transferring healthy tissue from elsewhere in the mouth to where it is needed most. 
  • Periodontal Plastic Surgery -With gum recession or loss due to gum disease, periodontal plastic surgery can be used to reshape the structure of the gums to be more aesthetically appealing.
  • Periodontal Laser Treatment - This treatment utilizes a precision laser to remove diseased gum tissue, offering less discomfort and gum shrinkage compared to conventional periodontal surgery.
  • Crown Lengthening Surgery -Sometimes teeth can be partially covered by the gums, which can get in the way of the application of a dental crown or create a less appealing “gummy” looking smile. This surgery removes that tissue extra tissue to make way for treatment or improve the appearance of the smile.
  • Dental Implants - This procedure is used to provide a secure and long last tooth replacement in which a titanium post is inserted in the gums and jawbone through a minor surgical procedure. The post then fuses to the jawbone, creating an ideal support for other dental appliances such as a crown, and leaving patients with a new tooth that looks completely natural. 

At the office of Tracy T. Windham DDS General Dentistry, we will create a personalized treatment plan for you based on your needs, so you can have the healthiest smile possible. Some of the periodontal procedures that are listed above may require a periodontic specialist, which we will help connect you with. If you have any questions about any of these procedures, just contact us and a member of our dental staff will be happy to help you.

How To Protect Yourself From Gum Disease

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While regularly scheduled visits to your dentist are always important, you also need a proper oral hygiene routine to keep yourself free of gum disease. The main cause of gum disease is plaque, which is a thin film that builds up on your teeth and contains millions of bacteria that eat away at your teeth and tissue. The only way to stop plaque from building up is by brushing and flossing your teeth every day. Just make sure not to brush too hard, since aggressive brushing can actually cause your gums to recede. 

In addition to your oral hygiene routine and visits to our office, adjusting your diet to avoid foods and drinks that are high in sugar will help, since sugar can quickly turn into oral health destroying acid and plaque.

Contact Us & Schedule Your Appointment!

Whether you’re trying to prevent gum disease, or need treatment for late stage gum disease, come to the dental office of Tracy T. Windham for the professional periodontal treatment that you need to have a healthy smile. If you have any questions about periodontics, gum disease, or how we can help you, just contact us a we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions. To schedule your appointment, just give us a call or use our simple online appointment request form. We’ve helped countless patients achieve healthier smiles out of our local dental office in Little Rock, AR, and we look forward to helping you achieve the same.

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