Four out of every five US adults will experience some form of gum disease at some point in life; and yet, less than one in ten actually receive any form of periodontal treatment whatsoever. This kind of neglect can lead to severe infections, tooth loss, and the spreading of inflammation to other parts of the body.
Anyone suffering from periodontal disease will soon discover that there are several major treatment options, including scaling and root planing, gum flap surgery, gum grafts, and laser periodontal treatment.
When dealing with too much gum tissue, you would need to consider crown lengthening as a periodontal solution; but when too little or wrongly placed gum tissue is the issue, your two major options are gum grafts plus stitches or PST grafts.
In a previous blog, we covered information concerning implant-supported dentures and their advantages over traditional removable dentures. Bridges, too, can be "installed" on top of a dental implant - and in fact, with the right periodontist on the job, the whole process can be completed in a single day!
Not only are dental implants on the cutting edge of modern dentistry when it comes to replacing only one or two teeth, but they are also the foundation of modern permanent dentures that offer many benefits above and beyond traditional dentures.