Guided Tissue Regeneration Treatment for Gum Disease
Written by: Dr. Clifford Melnick, DMD
It is important to practice good oral hygiene and use preventative dentistry to keep your smile healthy. Unfortunately, even if you floss and brush regularly and have routine cleanings at the dentist, tooth decay can occur. In fact, research shows that some people may be genetically susceptible to gum disease. It is important to treat gum disease as it can lead to further problems in your mouth and throughout your body. Dr. Clifford S. Melnick, a leader in New York cosmetic dentistry, offers guided tissue regeneration treatment as one option to treat gum disease.
Gum disease is caused primarily by plaque build-up, although other factors such as illness, smoking and genetics can also contribute to gum disease. Gum disease occurs when plaque build-up causes the gums to be inflamed and tender. This condition is known as gingivitis and if this is left untreated, it can lead to gum disease, or periodontal disease. In patients suffering from gum disease, the inner layer of gum and bone pull away from the teeth and small pockets are formed. These pockets can collect food particles and become infected. Although symptoms may not always be present, the following may be signs that you are suffering from gum disease:
- Red, swollen gums
- Gums that bleed during or after brushing
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose teeth
If you think you may be suffering from gingivitis or gum disease, it is important to see a dentist. Gum disease can lead to other health problems throughout the body. Poor oral health has been linked to other health problems such as stroke and heart disease.
Guided Tissue Regeneration Treatment
Guided tissue regeneration treatment is a surgical option for treating gum disease. Guided tissue regeneration treatment is usually performed alongside flap surgery. During flap surgery, the gums are lifted away from the tooth and plaque is removed from the area. Once the tarter has been removed, guided tissue regeneration treatment can be used to stimulate the regeneration of bone and tissue that may have been damaged due to gum disease. During this procedure a mesh-like fabric is placed between the bone and gum tissue. This piece of fabric keeps gum tissue from growing into the bone area and allows the bone and connective tissue to regenerate.
Dr. Melnick can also offer his patients in New York laser dentistry to treat gum disease precisely and more comfortably. Laser dentistry applies the energy of a laser to either remove damaged tissue or clean out bacteria trapped in deep pockets. The laser is so precise that it can remove diseased parts of the gums without causing any damage to surrounding areas of the mouth.
Schedule an Appointment
Dr. Melnick and his talented team at Fifth Avenue Periodontics are ready to help you treat your oral health problems. Dr. Melnick knows that gum disease does not just affect the aesthetics of your smile, but can also lead to health problems throughout the body. Dr. Melnick can discuss your options for treating gum disease or other oral health problems and start you on the road to a healthy and beautiful smile. Schedule an appointment today.