3-plus periodontics procedures in Mesa, AZ: Keep your gums healthy, resolve gum disease
Periodontics is a branch of dentistry that maintains, diagnoses, and treats the gummy tissues that support and protect the teeth. The health of your gums plays such a vital role in the health of your teeth that both gum disease and tooth decay are the leading causes of tooth loss. So, it is critical that at My Time Dental Centers in Mesa, AZ, we clean your teeth, gum line, and other surfaces that attract bacteria and plaque at least once every six months. These harmful substances inflame the gums. As gum inflammation and disease progresses, the supportive attachments between the teeth and gums break down.
During these hygiene visits, our dentist Dr. Jeffrey Schmelter will also apply his knowledge and training, as well as advanced diagnostic technologies, to assess the state of your gums. These precision diagnostics detect underlying conditions that cannot be seen with a visual evaluation alone. The destructive effects of gum disease can be reversed when detected and treated early into the disease process. A few of the ways that we resolve periodontal problems and restore gum health include:
- “Deep cleaning” – Scaling and root planing are alternatives to the “standard” professional cleaning at our practice every six months. The “scaling” part refers to removing hardened plaque and bacteria from under the gum tissue. The “planing” part refers to smoothing out the root surfaces as sticky bacterial plaque collects on these rough areas. At My Time Dental Centers, we use ultrasonic scalers, a gentle alternative to manual scraping to effectively lift bacteria and plaque from surfaces.
- Gum grafting – Just as Dr. Schmelter can replace hard tissue (teeth), he can also replace or rebuild soft tissue (gums). The aging process and periodontal disease can give rise to receding gums or gum recession. Dr. Schmelter may use special material to regenerate tissue at the gum line.
- Contouring and reshaping – Think of the gums as “framing” your teeth. An attractive smile is balanced, and the gums do not appear overly “gummy.” Likewise, your smile should not look too “toothy.” Gum recession, for instance, can make you look “long in the tooth.” We can achieve healthy and appealing proportions by precisely and gently reshaping the gums.
Additionally, a Soft Tissue Management (STM) plan combines elements of different periodontal procedures and techniques. After completing a periodontal exam, which includes measuring the “pockets” between the teeth and gums that develop as gum disease progresses, these areas are cleaned. Bacteria-fighting medication is also applied to the pockets. Dr. Schmelter will further monitor how well the gums are healing during more frequent visits to our practice. Of course, no STM plan is complete without recommendations for care and products tailored to your needs and lifestyle.
Please don’t wait for signs of gum disease, such as bleeding, to rear their ugly head. Contact us at My Time Dental Centers in Mesa, AZ, without delay to schedule your appointment: (623) 777-6456.