Gum Disease Treatment in South Weymouth, MA
At South Shore Dentistry, we take a personalized approach to treating each patient, targeting specific concerns to ensure simple oral health problems don't have the chance to become a more serious concerns. If our team detects the signs of periodontal disease, we'll form a personalized treatment plan to address it. Our advanced technologies and personalized approach allow us to provide the top gum disease treatments in South Weymouth, and beyond!
What is Periodontal Disease?
Gum disease is often a complication of tooth decay leading to inflammation of gums. Left untreated, it can progress to a more serious condition called periodontitis, that can be damaging to jaw and surrounding bones that support the teeth.
When the body senses threats like infections, lacerations, or foreign bacteria, it is designed to try to heal and protect the area being threatened. The inflammatory response in healthy individuals kills off bacteria and helps to speed healing. Unfortunately, when it comes to infections in the mouth, the body reacts differently and can actually further damage the gums. When the body detects plaque, tartar and bacteria in the mouth, instead of actively attacking the bacteria, the gum tissue will try to protect itself by backing away.
This is why, if the early stages of gum disease are left untreated, gums will recede away from the teeth, which can trigger a variety of additional dental and oral health problems. Gum disease is often correlated with serious systemic health problems like diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
However, Dr. Burt and his team offer treatments that can help preserve your healthy smile, and quality of life. At South Shore Dentistry, we offer the following advanced periodontal treatment solutions:
Root Debridement Therapy (Deep Cleaning)
If you visit South Shore Dentistry every six months for your routine cleaning, you know it involves cleaning your teeth and gum line to remove plaque and tartar, then polishing your smile to remove stains and smooth the tooth's surface.
However, if you have symptoms of gum disease, you might need a different type of cleaning called root debridement therapy.
Root debridement therapy is a deep dental cleaning procedure our dentists perform to treat patients with current or developing gum disease. Not all patients need this level of cleaning, but it is key part of treatment for patients concerned with gingivitis.
Gingivitis is often painless at first, making it difficult to diagnose without regular dental checkups. Inflammation of the gums can be a potentially serious condition, which is why it’s vital to get your regular dental exams from South Shore Dentistry.
If you have been diagnosed with or are concerned you might have gingivitis, our dentists offer a range of treatments to reverse or stop this gum disease’s progression. If you are in the early stages of gingivitis, most treatment options are non-surgical procedures.
Pinhole® Surgical Technique Gum Therapy
Receding gums can weaken your teeth, cause root damage and even lead to tooth loss. Through the Pinhole Surgical Technique, receding gums are stabilized without using traditional surgical procedures such as cutting, grafting and stitching. This minimally invasive procedure can restore years to your smile and improve your overall health.
LANAP Gum Disease Treatment
The LANAP method is a laser gum disease treatment designed to help your body regrow the tissues and bone you have lost due to gum disease. LANAP stands for “Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure” and is a more effective, less invasive and much more comfortable dental treatment used by Dr. Burt to remove diseased gum tissue and encourage your gums to reattach and heal.
Gum Graft Surgery
Gum grafting is a common periodontal procedure performed at South Shore Dentistry. This procedure is commonly used to treat gum recession. Once gum graft surgery is completed, the soft tissue surrounding your teeth can begin to naturally regenerate, restoring your healthy smile. Benefits can include reduced tooth sensitivity, an improved smile appearance and an overall improvement of your gum health.
Dental Crown Lengthening
Some patients require dental crown lengthening as part of preparation for the final crown restoration of a tooth. If necessary, Dr. Burt will perform a crown lengthening to extend the size or height of a portion of your tooth to better stabilize your dental crown.
Schedule Your Periodontal Treatment
If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, such as bleeding gums or swelling, please call our South Weymouth dental office right away to schedule your periodontal appointment with one of our dentists. Using top technologies and state-of-the-art solutions, we'll do our best to stop periodontal symptoms in their tracks!
We are committed to high quality dental care you need by offering you a variety of sedation dentistry services at our South Weymouth, MA dental office. We also work closely with trusted local providers to ensure you'll always receive the care your smile needs!