The most common cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease, which can cause deep decay and tooth deterioration if left untreated. Gum disease is linked to systemic health problems in addition to destroying your teeth and gums, so it’s important to consult early with a periodontist if you are concerned about your oral health. Knoxville, TN periodontal surgeon Dr. Robert Cain can help you understand the options you have to treat advanced gum disease below.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal means “around the tooth.” Periodontal disease, also called periodontitis, is the disease of the gum tissues that surround the teeth and the jawbone that anchors the teeth in place. It starts with bacteria in the mouth, and, if untreated, it can end with tooth loss.
When You Should See a Periodontal Surgeon
Periodontal disease can be painless; some people don’t even know they have it. A periodontal evaluation with x-rays is the best way to find and treat gum disease. If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentist, or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, see your dentist soon. Taking care of your periodontal disease now not only improves the health of your mouth but can also have a positive effect on your overall health.
Types of Periodontal Surgery for Gum Disease
Soft Tissue Grafting
Another treatment for receding gums is soft tissue grafting, which covers an overly exposed tooth root to prevent future oral health problems. This procedure can be performed on multiple teeth to prevent the gum line from further deterioration and protect your oral health.
When gum tissue is inflamed and infected, Dr. Cain may perform osseous surgery as a last resort to remove the pockets formed between the teeth and gums. If left untreated, these pockets can grow deeper, creating a breeding ground for bacteria and causing teeth to become loose and eventually fall out.
The frenum, or frenulum, is the muscular tissue that connects your tongue to the floor of your mouth. A frenectomy is most often performed when it causes a tongue tie or pulls the gums away from the teeth, making them susceptible to infection or bone loss.
Pinhole Gum Surgery
This noninvasive procedure treats receding gums with minimal discomfort and downtime. Receding gums are more susceptible to gum disease, and more exposed tooth roots are more sensitive to temperature and pressure. Pinhole gum surgery can help patients with receding gums prevent gum disease and tooth sensitivity.
Periodontal Surgery to Treat Gum Disease in Knoxville, TN
Dr. Robert Cain is a highly trained and experienced periodontist serving Knoxville, TN and many communities of the Hardin Valley. Dr. Cain offers comprehensive periodontics, periodontal surgeries, cosmetic treatments and short term orthodontics for addressing a wide range of concerns. We also provide second opinions for periodontics and dental implants which include a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health, occlusal function, and diagnostics.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Cain, contact our office at (865) 276-7173 for new patients or (865) 407-2165 for current patients.
You may also schedule a consultation with our convenient online form.