Gum disease also known, as periodontal disease, is a kind of bacterial infection that leads to chronic inflammation of the gums and its surrounding tissues. It is caused when bacteria in the mouth mix with saliva and residues from starchy foods and sugar in your intake. It starts with the plaque on the teeth and is the main cause of about 70% of adult tooth loss. A survey concluded that approximately 80% of people at some stage of their lives face this problem.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Gums get red, swollen or tender
- Gums may bleed while bruising or flossing
- Gums that seem to be pulling away from your teeth
- Teeth may loosen, causing gaps and spaces
- Consistent bad breadth in the mouth
- Consistent bad taste in the mouth
If you find yourself suffering from gum disease, it is important to talk with Dr. Neil Flenniken and Dr. Suzan Rismani-Flenniken immediately! Treatment procedures other than routine cleanings are necessary to treat the debilitating effects of gum disease. Depending upon the seriousness of your condition, you may require surgical or non-surgical procedures.
Non-Surgical Periodontal Procedures
Root Planing and Scaling
Root planing and scaling are an effective cleaning process that eliminates plaque and tartar from under the gum line and smooths the root surfaces to stimulate healing. At Monarch Smiles, Dr. Neil Flenniken and Dr. Suzan Rismani-Flenniken use scaling procedure to remove calculus from the affected area. If the disease is at the initial stage, antibiotics can also be used to increase the effect of scaling and root planing. To help prolong effective results, root planing and scaling is followed by daily cleaning at home.
Periodontal Maintenance Therapy
This treatment is followed by the process of root planing and scaling to minimize the recurrence or progression of gum disease. Dr. Neil Flenniken and Dr. Suzan Rismani-Flenniken will personalize a treatment plan based on your specific needs and recommend when you should visit our Vienna office for periodontal maintenance appointments.
What Surgical Procedures Do You Offer?
Pocket Depth Reduction
Pocket reduction therapy begins with Dr. Neil Flenniken and Dr. Suzan Rismani-Flenniken opening the damaged gum tissue to remove troubling bacteria and calculus accumulation. In some cases, patients may require smoothing and recontouring of the damaged bone to reattach the gum tissue and ensure optimal healing of the bone.
Regeneration & Bone Grafting
Dr. Neil Flenniken and Dr. Suzan Rismani-Flenniken are experienced at treating periodontal disease through regenerative and bone grafting techniques.
Soft Tissue Grafting
Soft tissue grafting consists of taking healthy gum tissue from the palate or other areas in the mouth and using it to treat damaged gums. This healthy tissue heals over the exposed root surfaces and helps alleviate the progression of gum disease.
Patients diagnosed with periodontitis often develop holes, or defects, in the bone surrounding their teeth. If left untreated, this can lead to serious bone and tooth loss. At Monarch Smiles, our experience with osseous surgery means that we can help restore the strength and longevity of your smile. Dr. Neil Flenniken and Dr. Suzan Rismani-Flenniken will reshape your bone to get rid of the defects and keep your teeth firmly in place.