Gum Disease Treatments - Hialeah, FL

A Healthy Smile Requires Healthy Gums

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Treat Harmful Plaque and Inflammation to Save Your Smile

Research shows that chronic gum disease (periodontitis) affects 47% of adults over the age of 30. Gum disease is often painless, so symptoms may not be obvious until the disease reaches an advanced stage. Gum disease starts as mild gingivitis, in which bleeding gums are the primary symptom. When plaque and tartar accumulate on your teeth, gums become inflamed and tender. Healthy gum tissue forms a shallow, V-shaped groove called the sulcus between your teeth and gums. The normal depth of this tissue is three millimeters or less. If gum disease is left untreated, the sulcus develops deep periodontal pockets that pull away from your teeth and attract harmful bacteria and cause bone loss. At Progressive Dental Office Cosmetic and Implant Center, we offer minimally invasive gum treatment in Hialeah, FL to restore healthy gums and healthy smiles. Whether you’re suffering from bleeding gums, loose teeth or late-stage gum disease, you will benefit from our vast expertise and sophisticated technology, which combine to provide a gentler method for treating gum disease. We accept many insurance plans and offer third-party financing to help you get the smile-saving gum disease treatment you need.
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Gum Disease Prevention

Maintaining good oral health reduces the risk of gum disease and its associated health consequences. Prevention starts with proper daily oral hygiene, including brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once a day. Following a healthy diet and not smoking are other ways to reduce inflammation and the risk of gum disease. Regular dental checkups are important for two reasons: early intervention can stop gum disease from advancing, and professional cleanings are effective at removing plaque at the gum line. With proper treatment, maintenance and good oral health habits, gum disease doesn’t have to damage your smile At Progressive Dental Office Cosmetic and Implant Center, we offer the latest gum disease treatment in Hialeah, FL, including laser surgery and sedation options to ensure your ultimate comfort. Our skilled dentist Dr. Edek Gonzalez will perform an oral examination, take digital X-rays and ask you about medical conditions and lifestyle factors that may be impacting your gum health. Next, he’ll create a personalized gum disease treatment plan based on your stage of disease and symptom severity. Restoring diseased gum tissue to excellent health will help prevent tooth loss and systemic health issues, and also enable you to resume and enjoy a healthy lifestyle!

Personalized Gum Disease Treatments

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Scaling and Root Planing

When periodontal pockets measure over three millimeters deep, scaling and root planing is the first treatment used to resolve this problem. A July 2015 study in the Journal of the American Dental Association concluded that scaling and root planing was beneficial in cases of chronic periodontitis. This two-part deep cleaning involves Dr. Gonzalez removing plaque and tartar above and below your gum line down to the bottom of the pockets. During root planing, he smooths out the roots to enable gums to reattach to your teeth. Scaling and root planing may take more than one visit to complete.

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Osseous Surgery

Osseous surgery is required when you need a deeper cleaning than scaling and root planing because the bone supported your teeth has started to deteriorate. During surgery, your gums are numbed with a local anesthetic, and you can also opt for sedation. Then Dr. Gonzalez makes an incision at your gum line to access the bone and tooth roots underneath. Next, he removes tartar and decayed bone, then smooths the roots of the teeth to help eliminate or reduce bacterial pockets between the roots and gums. After gum and bone tissue are contoured, your gums are stitched back into place.

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Periodontal Maintenance

Harmful, disease-causing bacteria can recolonize underneath the gums as early as one to two months after a deep cleaning. After a deep cleaning or periodontal surgery, regular periodontal maintenance visits are required to maintain your gum health and prevent gum disease recurrence. During a periodontal maintenance visit, Dr. Gonzalez measures your periodontal pockets and reassesses your gum tissue. This procedure is completed every three to four months and involves a deep cleaning of the teeth at and below the gum line to remove bacteria and plaque accumulation. These deep cleanings replace your regularly scheduled hygiene appointments.

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Laser Gum Surgery

Diode laser treatment can be used after scaling and root planing to remove inflamed soft tissue and reduce pathogens from periodontal pockets. Many studies have shown that diode lasers decrease inflammation, pocket depth, tooth mobility and gingival bleeding. Lasers are often used for procedures including gum grafting, gingivectomy and treating the inflammatory condition peri-implantitis.

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Peri-implantitis Treatment

Peri-implantitis is a condition that impacts tissue around dental implants, characterized by inflammation in the connective tissue around the implant and progressive loss of supporting bone. In early stages, when inflammation is limited to the gum tissue, the condition is called “peri-implant mucositis.” Symptoms are similar to gum disease, including red or tender gums around the implants and bleeding when brushing. Risks factors for developing peri-implantitis include poor oral hygiene, prior gum disease, poor plaque control, smoking and diabetes. Early detection is key to a successful outcome, and treatment depends on the stage of the infection. It typically involves infection control, using a laser for detoxification of implant surfaces, techniques to regenerate lost tissue, and plaque control.

Protect your pearly whites with timely gum disease treatment!

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