Protect Your Smile and Lifelong Oral Health with Periodontal Care
Your gums and other soft tissues play a big role in your overall oral health. Gum disease is a very common condition that can have dramatic effects on your oral function, appearance, and systemic health. Dr. Frank Avason III offers complete periodontal care at his Denver, NC, practice. He focuses on preventive treatments to keep gum disease from occurring. However, dental damage does occur. We offer scaling and root planing, osseous surgery, and crown lengthening at Avason Family Dentistry, all of which help to restore your healthy smile and reduce risk for serious dental damage.
The Basics of Periodontal Health
Cavities develop primarily because of sugar, and the starches in sugar can also affect your gums. Sugar is the main energy source for oral bacteria. As the microbes feed, they will multiply, spreading from your teeth to your gums. At first, they will only cause mild inflammation along your gum line in a condition known as gingivitis. However, as they continue to reproduce, they will create pockets deep within the tissues. At this point, gingivitis becomes periodontitis. Without treatment, the pockets can grow larger, causing significant sensitivity, irritation, and bleeding.
Periodontal Procedures at Avason Family Dentistry
When it comes to periodontal health, Dr. Avason’s primary goal is to avoid gum disease altogether. Therefore, he heavily emphasizes the importance of routine dental visits. When you visit regularly, we can remove the bacteria responsible for gum disease.
Dr. Avason offers a full spectrum of periodontal procedures. As a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, he is highly qualified to perform these treatments.
Of course, problems can still occur. Maybe you have neglected your regular care, or maybe you are at a higher risk for gum disease. Dr. Avason offers a full spectrum of periodontal procedures. As a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, he is highly qualified to perform these treatments.
- Scaling and root planing is the most common option for mild to moderate gum disease. During this procedure, we will eliminate pockets of bacteria from your gums, carefully cleaning them without disturbing the healthy tissues. We will then smooth, or “plane,” your roots. Since rough patches in these areas can trap bacteria, scaling and planing helps to prevent gum disease.
- Osseous surgery involves the removal of bacterial pockets in more severe periodontitis cases. After eradicating the bacteria, Dr. Avason will reposition your gums around the dental roots. Typically, he will use small sutures to secure the tissues and ensure that they fit snugly around your teeth.
Crown lengthening is not a treatment for gum disease, however, we will often recommend this procedure if your tooth has broken off near the gum line. When this occurs, there may not be enough surface area to attach a dental crown. By removing a fine layer of tissue, we can expose more of your tooth and make room for a restoration.
Why Is Periodontal Care Important?
It is important to seek treatment quickly if you are suffering from the symptoms of gum disease. Oral bacteria can spread rapidly, causing serious damage. Not only will you likely suffer from chronic discomfort and bad breath, but your soft tissues could recede so far that you experience widespread tooth loss. In extreme cases, the bacteria could move to your jawbone, leading to a dangerous infection.
Gum disease can also threaten your overall health. Studies show that patients with periodontitis are at a higher risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. Thus, Dr. Avason’s care can protect both your smile as well as your long-term physical wellness.
Schedule Your Appointment
Whether you are experiencing the symptoms of gum disease, or it has simply been some time since your last dental visit, contact Avason Family Dentistry today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frank Avason and his skilled staff.
“Your smile is one of the first things someone notices about you—let us make it shine.” DR. FRANK AVASON III