When patients have been diagnosed with conditions such as periodontal disease, they are often educated by their dental team regarding the consequences of not treating this problem as soon as possible. Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition that starts in the soft tissues but then spreads not only through the smile, but through the body via the oral systemic connection.
How do I control periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease can cause serious problems, including the loss of bone, gum tissue, and even natural adult teeth. With proper diagnosis as early as possible, as well as effective treatment intervention, most patients can address the infection and bring their smile back to health. However, some damage will need to be repaired, including damage caused to the soft tissues.
Understanding gum grafting
Gum recession is commonly seen with patients who have experienced the later stages of periodontal disease. With continued advanced in periodontal surgery techniques, patients have access to a variety of procedures when restoring their smile after infection. This may include placing dental implants to replace missing teeth or undergoing gum grafting to restore the gum line.
Gum grafting is a special procedure that can be performed to restore gum tissue and also address the cosmetic consequences of periodontal disease. With either man-made materials or donated gum tissue, the dentists at New Smiles Dental can restore the gum tissue and reposition the gum line for a more aesthetic appearance. Gum grafting is a procedure that should be done after the infection has been controlled, as present infection can impact the effectiveness of this procedure and its long-term results.
Patients who undergo gum grafting are educated on the importance of taking care of their smile from this day forward to ensure a healthy smile. Reformation of infection or the development of tooth decay can impact the results of gum grafting and require further treatment to address. Visiting the dentist regularly for cleanings and examinations are one way to ensure your gum grafting results last a lifetime!
Are you interested in discussing gum grafting with a team of professionals in the area of Sherwood, OR?
Contact Drs. Nathan Doyel, Ben Aanderud, and Whisenant of New Smiles Dental today to schedule your consultation visit. Our practice is located at 17680 SW Handley Street, Suite #101, and can be reached at (503) 925-9595.