Periodontal Treatment in Coral Gables, FL

Periodontal Treatment in Coral Gables, FL

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums that damages the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth. If left untreated, it can result in tooth loss. This infection is caused by plaque buildup on teeth, which hardens into tartar. Tartar cannot be removed with brushing or flossing alone; it requires professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist.

When plaque and tartar build up along the gum line, they cause inflammation in the gum tissue. Over time, this can lead to gingivitis, the earliest gum disease stage. Gingivitis is characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed easily. If gingivitis is not treated, it can progress to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease.

At Shari A. Witkoff DMD, we offer several types of treatments for periodontal disease including scaling and root planing, surgery, and laser therapy. 

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease 

If you have gum disease, you may experience bleeding or swollen gums. Your gums may also look red or puffy. Other symptoms include:

  • bad breath
  • loose teeth
  • receding gums
  • sensitive teeth 

If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with our dentist in Coral Gables immediately. 

Treatment for Periodontal Disease 

Scaling and Root Planing 

Scaling and root planing may be recommended for less advanced cases of periodontal disease. This deep cleaning procedure involves removing plaque and tartar below the gumline (scaling) and smoothing the tooth's root surfaces (root planing). It helps eliminate bacteria and promotes gum reattachment to the tooth. 

Flap Surgery 

This procedure involves lifting the gums to remove tartar deposits and repositioning the gum tissue to fit snugly around the teeth. 

Bone Grafting 

In severe cases of bone loss caused by periodontal disease, bone grafts can regenerate lost bone tissue. 

Laser Therapy

Laser-assisted periodontal therapy is a minimally invasive approach that uses lasers to remove diseased tissue and bacteria. It also stimulates the regeneration of healthy gum tissue and bone. 

The Importance of Treating Gum Disease 

Preserving Your Smile

One of the primary reasons to treat gum disease in Coral Gables is to preserve your smile. Gum disease can cause the gums to recede, exposing the tooth roots. This affects the appearance of your smile and can lead to tooth sensitivity and an increased risk of tooth decay. 

Preventing Tooth Loss

Advanced gum disease can lead to the destruction of the supporting bone structure around your teeth. As the bone weakens, teeth may become loose and eventually fall out. Treating gum disease in its early stages can prevent tooth loss and the need for extensive dental work, such as dental implants or dentures. 

By addressing gum disease promptly, you can preserve your smile, prevent tooth loss, alleviate pain, reduce the risk of systemic health problems, and enjoy a higher quality of life. If you suspect you may have gum disease or experience related symptoms, visit Shari A. Witkoff DMD at 475 Biltmore Way, Suite 310, Coral Gables, FL 33134, or call (305) 444-4842.


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Coral Gables, FL 33134

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