Protect Your Gums
Your gums are a vital component of your oral health. If your gums become infected, it can lead to serious health complications. Fortunately, Dr. Otteson offers periodontal care at our Chandler office for patients who suffer from gum disease. Learn all about our periodontal treatments and how they can benefit your overall health.
What Is Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is an oral infection that starts in your gum tissue. It’s caused by a buildup of plaque, a type of bacteria that sticks to your teeth and hardens. When plaque hardens, it turns into tartar – which is nearly impossible to remove without a professional cleaning. Patients will typically develop gum disease due to poor oral hygiene habits.
There are two stages of periodontal disease:
- Gingivitis: This is the early stage of gum disease where your gums will start to look red and inflamed, but it’s likely you won’t feel any pain or experience any other symptoms.
- Periodontitis: Without treatment, gingivitis will progress to periodontitis. This is a more serious stage in which the bacteria starts to destroy the underlying bones and tissues in your mouth, causing severe pain and other health issues.
Luckily, Dr. Otteson features a wide variety of treatments to ensure patients get the periodontal care they need.
Our Periodontal Care Options
Scaling & Root Planing
If you have gingivitis, Dr. Otteson can most likely eliminate it through a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. This deep cleaning involves using specialized dental tools to remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline.
Guided Tissue Bone Regeneration
If you’re suffering from periodontitis, Dr. Otteson may perform a guided tissue bone regeneration procedure. This solution reshapes the bone that holds your teeth in place. We’ll fold back the gum tissue and remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Dr. Otteson may perform a bone graft to stimulate new bone growth, or apply a special protein that stimulates tissue growth to help repair all affected areas.
As gum disease progresses, it will cause your gum tissue to recede from your teeth, creating troublesome spaces known as periodontal pockets. Dr. Otteson can utilize gum grafting to reverse this. To perform this procedure, we’ll use healthy gum tissue from another part of your mouth or a donor source and graft it to the receding areas.
When bone is destroyed from gum disease, it can no longer adequately support teeth. Dr. Otteson can use bone grafting to help restore your jawbone and strengthen it. During this procedure, he’ll place a small piece of bovine bone (cow bone) and place it into your jawbone. Over time, the jaw will reabsorb and replace the graft with the patient’s native bone.
Ridge preservation can be used to minimize the rapid shrinking of surrounding bone after the loss or extraction of a tooth. A ridge preservation bone graft helps to minimize the need for treatment with major bone grafting in the future.
A gingivectomy is a procedure that consists of the total removal of a portion of the gum from in and around a tooth or teeth to treat gum disease. This procedure is typically performed by a trusted periodontist with a referral from Dr. Otteson.
Periodontal Plastic Surgery
Periodontal plastic surgery is used to restore the form and function of your gum tissue, the periodontal ligament, and the bone that supports your teeth or an individual tooth. While surgery isn’t a cure for periodontal disease, the long-term goal is to increase the life expectancy of your teeth.
After periodontal treatment, we’ll suggest maintaining regular scheduled professional cleanings at our Chandler office, usually about four times a year. These allow us to ensure that your pocket depths are healthy and in good shape. Periodontal maintenance is important in making sure your gum disease doesn’t resurface.