Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS stands ready to serve you when you are seeking treatment like gum surgery for periodontal disease. When gum disease goes untreated, it can lead to significant health issues, making you more vulnerable to a number of conditions, including heart disease.
Gingivitis is an early stage of periodontal disease, or gum disease. It leads to gums becoming red, inflamed, and swollen. This stage usually involves very little to no discomfort. Oral hygiene is a significant factor in the development of gingivitis. Dr. Willoughby can help reverse your gingivitis using professional treatment combined with your good oral hygiene at home.
Contributing factors to the development of gingivitis include smoking, diabetes, systemic diseases, genetics, stress, hormonal fluctuations, poor nutrition, puberty, certain medications, and substance abuse.
Left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis. Plaque can eventually spread and find safe harbor under the gum line. Bacterial toxins found in plaque can irritate your gums. These toxins lead to an inflammatory response by your body in which it turns on itself and attacks bones and tissues supporting your teeth, which can be broken down and destroyed. Gums can begin separating from your teeth, leading to the formation of pockets that grow infected. As periodontitis continues to progress, these pockets will deepen, involving the destruction of more gum tissue and bone.
Types of Surgery
The kind of surgery that you require will depend upon the severity and type of your gum disease. Prior to your surgery, Dr. Willoughby may perform a deep cleaning on your gums. A procedure called deep scaling can help in removing bacteria and tartar from your teeth and gums.
Root planing is another type of procedure that can treat the surfaces of your teeth roots. This helps to prevent bacteria from finding safe harbor around your teeth. It involves the removal of any tartar found on the root.
After Your Gum Surgery
Dr. Willoughby may advise you to use an antiseptic mouthwash following your procedure to guard against infection and avoid vigorous exercise, refrain from smoking, and eat only soft foods for a few days after your surgery. Our team will get you scheduled for a follow-up appointment before you leave to ensure your teeth stay on the right track.
If you feel that you may require gum surgery, feel free to reach out to the team here at Chestnut Family Dentistry. We are conveniently located in Asheville, NC. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!