Gum disease is an oral sickness where pouches of bacterial acids infect the gums, damaging the gums and eating away at teeth and bone. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Fortunately, gum disease is preventable with appropriate hygiene habits and treatable at our office. Here’s some additional bits of info about gum disease.
Gum disease is caused by acids left on the pearly whites after eating sugar and other foods. As the acids cling to the teeth and gums, they make plaque and acids that damage the tooth enamel and inflame the gumline. Since leftover bacteria from food is the main contributor to the growth of the disease, the most obvious cause of the ailment is poor oral hygiene.
For advanced periodontitis, Dr. Patrick L. Huston, DDS, MSD will likely endorse one of some surgical possibilities to support in getting the gum disease under control. One option is a soft tissue graft, where part of your gums is replaced with a healthy quantity of tissue from an uninfected site in your oral cavity or a donor’s mouth. Another option is flap surgery, where gum tissue is lifted to permit deeper scaling and planing of the roots. Additional surgical possibilities for the removal of gum disease include tissue regeneration and bone grafting.
To learn more about surgical alternatives for advanced forms of gum disease, please call the oral staff of OC Advanced Periodontics in Tustin, California, at 714-795-3117 now. Dr. Patrick L. Huston, DDS, MSD and the team will be excited to answer your inquiries, and they’ll pencil in you a checkup to assist you to get the smile you want.