Tooth loss in adults maybe credited to gum disease, how so?
Imagine a building with a weakened foundation; the building may collapse even though there is nothing wrong with the building. The foundation of your tooth is the bone which supports and covers your tooth and covering and protecting the bone are your gums.
So if your gums aren’t taken care of they are unable to protect your bone which can be easily infected or damaged.
Oral prophylaxis (cleansing) is a key ingredient in achieving a beautiful smile. Maintenance of optimal dental / oral hygiene is synonymous with daily dental measures that are to be practiced at home along with regular check ups and thorough professional cleaning performed at the dental office after regular intervals.
Cleaning and Scaling: A deep cleaning of your teeth removes any plaque (a sticky,colourless film of bacteria) which has formed on your teeth. It should be done once every 6 months.
Antibiotics: Bacteria causes inflammation of the gums and infection in the underlying bone. Antibiotics may be prescribed to act on the infection. Antibacterial mouth rinses may also be recommended to help plaque control.
Splinting: This technique attaches weak teeth together, combining them into a stronger single unit, making them more stable and offering more comfortable chewing.
Flap Surgery: The gums are separated from the teeth creating a "flap" to accesses the infected pocket. It aims to reduce pocket depth and increase the ability to maintain the remnant pockets clean.
Gingivectomy: This procedure involves removal of excess gum growth around the teeth. This results in false pocket formation and the inability to keep them clean.
Osseous (bone) Surgery: This procedure is done to smooth shallow craters and defects in the bone due to mild or moderate bone loss.
Soft Tissue Graft: In cases of gum recession a graft is usually taken from the palate and transplanted onto the receding area to reinforce the thin gum and thus, inhibit further gum recession.
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