Periodontics in Woburn, MA
Gum Disease & Your Health
Our periodontics in Woburn, MA is designed to prevent or treat gum disease to optimize your health. Gum disease (technically referred to as periodontal disease) is a chronic infection that attacks the bone and soft tissues that maintain your teeth. Without timely and effective gingivitis treatment, this infection can contribute to the loss of your teeth and long-term health complications.
Studies have shown that gum disease can double your risk for coronary artery disease. The infection has also been found to interfere with the management of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and Rheumatoid arthritis. During pregnancy, the inflammation greatly increases the possibility of preterm labor or a low birth-weight baby.
Periodontal Care for Woburn, MA Residents
Gum disease has many signs and symptoms that should not be ignored. Here are the primary signs of gum disease:
To determine the extent of your gum disease, we will perform a complete clinical exam (using microscopic dentistry) with digital imaging (x-rays) and periodontal charting. According to our findings, your treatment options may include:
Through regular brushing and flossing, you can maintain healthy gums and a beautiful smile. During each six-month check-up, Drs. Trainor and Mancuso assess your gums and offer any other recommendations they may have. We may offer a cleaning in order to remove any plaque build-up not removed through brushing.
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Gum disease can lead to a variety of oral health issues including an unsightly ragged gum line, exposed tooth roots, and the eventual loss of teeth with extensive recession or decay. While a ragged gum line may affect your confidence, the sensitivity of exposed roots and tooth loss prevent your dental structures from functioning properly.
While aggressive brushing and gum disease may have been the contributing factors to your gum recession, our periodontists are focused on identifying the causes, while providing the most effective treatment possible.
Here are some surgical solutions offered by your dentists in Woburn:
Soft Tissue Graft
A soft tissue graft procedure will repair the damage and help to prevent additional recession and bone loss. Gum grafts are used to cover exposed roots or to help to support the growth of new gum tissue. Tissue is taken from either your palate or from a tissue bank from an outside source. This procedure helps reduce sensitivity and can help protect against decay.
Pocket Reduction Surgery
During pocket reduction surgery the gums are lifted back and hardened tartar is removed. Additional smoothing of damaged surfaces may be performed if necessary. After this procedure, your periodontist will replace the gum tissue tightly around the tooth structure as to eliminate any pockets for harmful bacteria to collect and grow.
Bone grafting is a procedure that involves the replacing of lost or damaged bone structure due to an accident or extensive periodontal decay. Pieces of your own bone, artificial bone, or donated bone are used during this process. These grafts help to encourage bone regrowth, restoring structure, stability, and functionality to your teeth.
Guided Tissue Regeneration
Guided tissue regeneration is another option available when existing bone structure has been destroyed. During this procedure, your periodontist will fold back the gum tissue and remove any harmful bacteria while inserting membranes or proteins that stimulate the surrounding tissues, encouraging your body’s natural regenerative process.