Gum disease doesn’t just damage your smile. Left untreated, it can harm your health. The bacteria behind gum disease can also cause heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. At Lakeview Comprehensive Dentistry we understand the strong connection between the health of your gums and your systemic health, and we take those dangers seriously. Our aim is to protect your total body health both by providing you with the highest quality of dental care and encouraging you to practice good dental hygiene habits at home. Should you develop gum disease, we can offer you comprehensive gum disease treatment right here at our Tavares, FL practice.
Gum disease treatment may include one or more procedures. During scaling we eliminate bacteria and infection from beneath your gums using fine dental instruments. With root planing, we remove plaque or tartar buildup from your tooth roots. This process also involves smoothing out the roots, which will discourage bacteria growth and allow the surrounding gum tissue to bond back with the tooth. This gum disease treatment can restore your gums, bring back your smile, and even make your breath fresher!
Advanced gum disease calls for advanced gum disease treatment. If the parts of your gums that are diseased can’t be healed, they may need to be removed through osseous surgery. During this procedure we remove the affected portions of your gums and, if needed, your jawbone as well to eliminate plaque, bacteria, and calculus (tartar) from the roots of your teeth. We then replace the excised tissue with grafts from other parts of your mouth. Healing after osseous surgery typically takes just a few weeks.
While gum disease treatment is effective, it’s important to remember that we can only treat the problem, not cure it. After your treatment, the best way to sustain good gum health is through regular visits to our Tavares, FL office for periodontal maintenance. During these appointments we can perform deep cleaning, as well as additional scaling and root planing if you need it, to prevent your gum disease from becoming problematic again down the road. If you attend all of your periodontal maintenance appointments and follow our home maintenance guidelines, you should be able to avoid future issues with your gums.