Periodontal Disease in Plymouth, MA
Rizkalla Dental Associates provides outstanding periodontal care to people in Plymouth and surrounding communities. One of our primary goals is the preservation of natural teeth, and we make every effort to ensure your smile lasts a lifetime.
Dr. Rizkalla, an endodontist, has additional training to treat complex issues that threaten teeth and gums. If you need help maintaining a healthy smile, give us a call.
Causes of Gum Disease
Healthy gums are foundational to dental well-being because gums securely anchor teeth into the jawbone. When bacteria create tooth decay, the chances are that they are also infecting the gum area. Maintaining good habits of brushing and flossing, as well as visiting the dentist on a routine basis, will go far in keeping gums healthy.
Treatment of Gingivitis and Periodontitis
The first signs of gum disease are swollen, bleeding or tender gums, which indicates that infection is irritating oral tissue. Gingivitis is completely reversible with a thorough professional cleaning along with a commitment to good oral hygiene habits.
When gingivitis persists, dangerous substances called plaque and tartar build up underneath the gum line and on the root of the tooth. Periodontitis is an advanced disease that leads to possible tooth loss. At this point, our dental professional using special tools to eliminate tartar and smooth the root, a process called scaling and root planing. This allows for the gums to reattach to the tooth, restoring the security of the tooth.
Surgical Treatments to Protect Teeth from Gum Disease
If periodontitis continues untreated, then a dentist may recommend surgical intervention. Gum surgery should only cause mild discomfort and can be done with a local anesthesia. Here are various types of surgery Dr. Rizkalla may recommend:
- Gingival Grafts graft tissues onto areas where periodontitis has created a recession to the gum line.
- Gingivoplasty reshapes the gum line to healthy placement.
- Gingival Flap surgery separates the gums from the teeth to clean out infection, tartar, and plaque.
Rizkalla Dental Associates Saves People from Tooth Loss
Dr. Rizkalla with his expertise as an endodontist puts every effort forth to save teeth from any threats that gum disease may present. He has successfully saved teeth that other dentists may have considered lost causes.
Give Rizkalla Dental Associates a call for outstanding periodontal care. He serves the people in communities surrounding Plymouth, MA.