Restorative Dentistry: Periodontal Care – Kailua-Kona
While healthy teeth are certainly important for a great-looking smile, you should never take for granted the health and appearance of your gums. Your gums are just as essential for great dental health. Sometimes your gums can be adversely affected by the bacteria in your mouth, however. This is known as gum disease. Thankfully there are periodontal therapies at our Kailua-Kona practice that can effectively treat gum disease. Whether you’re dealing with gingivitis or periodontitis, Dr. Carter Yokoyama can help you.
About Gum Disease
Gum disease is caused by bacteria in the mouth infecting the gums. In its earliest stages, it is known as gingivitis. Common symptoms of gingivitis include swollen gums, bleeding gums, gum recession, and discolored gums.
If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis. Common symptoms of periodontitis include more severe swelling, bleeding, and discoloration of the gums, gum pain, severe gum recession, gradual tooth misalignment, and tooth loss. Halitosis (bad breath) can also be caused by gum disease.
Good Candidates for Periodontal Care
The best candidates for periodontal care are people who notice any of the above symptoms when brushing, flossing, or looking in the mirror. Be sure to mention any concerns about the health of your gums during a dental visit. During your consultation at our Kailua-Kona restorative dentistry practice, we’ll determine which periodontal therapy will be best for your needs.
The Periodontal Care Treatment Options
There are many different treatments available for gum disease, though the right treatment for you will depend on the severity of your problem. In its earliest stages, gingivitis can be treated through non-surgical periodontal therapy. This includes thorough cleanings and special rinses. Root planing can also be used to remove plaque and tartar from the root structure of a tooth and prevent further bacterial infection of the gums.
For more advanced gum disease, more advanced periodontal therapies need to be considered. During your visit to our Kailua-Kona practice, these advanced gum therapies can be discussed in greater detail. Some possible options include:
- Gum augmentation/soft tissue grafting
- Crown lengthening
- Pocket reduction
- Regenerative gum treatments
Learn More About Periodontal Treatment in Kailua-Kona
If you are suffering from gum disease, there are numerous treatment options available to restore the health and appearance of your gums. To learn more about full mouth reconstruction treatments such as periodontal care and root planing, contact our Kailua-Kona practice for restorative dentistry today. We look forward to your visit and our discussion about your dental health.