Periodontitis, the most severe form of gum disease, can cause permanent damage and severe health complications if not treated right away. The infected gums can separate from the teeth, and as the infection spreads to tissue and bones, tooth loss can occur. When gum disease can't be successfully treated with antibiotics or root planing and scaling, a surgical procedure known as flap surgery may be recommended to clean the root of the tooth and repair the damaged bones that support the teeth.
The procedure for flap surgery involves the loosening of the gum from bone to expose and clean the underlying tooth structures. With the gum folded back, the dentist can remove the existing plaque and tartar, and if necessary, the bone may be reshaped or grafted. Follow-up visits with Mendelson Family Dentistry, PA will be an important part of the healing process.
Signs of Gum Disease
Detecting gum disease early is key for preventing permanent damage and reducing your need for extensive treatment and surgery. Common signs of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or unpleasant taste
- Loosening or separating of permanent teeth
- Change in bite
Gum disease prevention starts with good dental care at home. Brush and floss regularly and visit our Owings Mills office for routine appointments and cleanings. We can detect unhealthy gums in the earliest stage of infection, and work with you to find a treatment plan to help you achieve your optimal oral health.