Periodontal diseases affect the gums, alveolar bone, and periodontal ligaments. Gingivitis, an early-stage periodontal disease, is a significant contributor to tooth loss in adults. If not treated on time, then the problem can quickly spread to other tissues, making the condition far more difficult to correct.
At Saddler Family Dentistry in Berkeley, California, we offer a wide range of periodontal treatments to help improve and maintain healthy gums. If gum infections are identified early, the condition can be stopped and reversed without the need for invasive surgery.
Periodontal Treatments at Saddler Family Dentistry
This procedure is ideal for mild cases of periodontal disease. It comprehensively eliminates harmful bacteria and prevents infected gum tissues, teeth roots, and periodontal pockets. This periodontal treatment should be supplemented with regular dental visits to prevent tartar accumulation.
Pocket depth refers to the gap between the gums and the teeth. As periodontal disease progresses, the gums recede from the teeth and form holes where infections can flourish. Dr. Saddler will evaluate your gum pocket depth and overall gum health during routine exams and ensure their ideal measurements with preventive care.
A gum regeneration procedure can be performed, if needed, after cleaning and disinfecting the periodontal pockets that have formed due to gum disease. After placing tissue-stimulating proteins and bone grafts, Dr. Saddler will insert a membrane between the bone structure and the soft gum tissue. This barrier covers and protects the tissues, making space for the developing bone structure, and restores your oral health by using your body’s natural ability to regenerate.
A soft tissue graft, also referred to as a gum graft, is performed on receded gums. During this procedure, Dr. Saddler will place grafting material onto the deficient areas of the gums that need surplus tissue.
The grafting material may be sourced from another area of your mouth or a tissue bank. When using your tissues, the graft material may be taken from the roof of the mouth or the surrounding gums.
In some instances, Dr. Saddler may also use tissue-stimulating proteins to encourage your body’s natural growth abilities and promote faster healing.
If not treated with a gingival graft, gum recession may lead to tooth loss. A gum graft can also boost your smile aesthetics.
To learn more about the periodontal treatments we offer in Berkeley, California, visit Saddler Family Dentistry at 1504 Alcatraz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703. You can also reach us by phone at (510) 653-6424.