When the effects of gum disease cannot be treated or reversed by nonsurgical methods, Dr. John P. Goodman can perform periodontal surgery at our Kansas City, MO, practice to stabilize oral health and minimize the risk of related complications. Our state-of-the-art facility allows us to treat gum disease at any stage for streamlined care in one location, making it a convenient solution for our patients. If left untreated, severe gum disease can not only cause tooth loss but also increase your risk of serious health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is caused by an overgrowth of plaque and unhealthy bacteria that harms the soft and hard tissues of the mouth. Over time, it can lead to discomfort, inflamed gums, tooth loss, jawbone degeneration, and other serious complications. According to the American Dental Association, nearly 50 percent of adults over the age of 30 are affected by this oral health condition. If caught during in its earliest stage, called gingivitis, it is typically reversible by nonsurgical methods. However, in more advanced stages, the disease is chronic and surgery is required to repair the gums and prevent further damage. As gum disease can advance quickly, it is important to visit Dr. Goodman for routine checkups and cleanings every six months so he can detect the initial signs.
According to the American Dental Association, nearly 50 percent of adults over the age of 30 are affected by this oral health condition.
Signs and Symptoms
The early signs of gum disease typically include:
- Gums that bleed during brushing and flossing
- Red, slightly inflamed gums
- Dental sensitivity
- Bad breath
As the disease advances, side effects will include:
- Shifting teeth
- Dental pain
- Receding gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Visibly inflamed gums
- Infection within the gum pockets below the gum line
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
The Periodontal Surgery Procedure
Before surgery is recommended, Dr. Goodman will suggest nonsurgical methods like scaling and root planing or prescription mouthwashes. If these methods are unsuccessful, the doctor will perform periodontal flap surgery in order to prevent further damage.
During the procedure, Dr. Goodman will repair periodontal pockets that trap unhealthy bacteria below the gum line and around the surface of the roots. Once sedation and local anesthesia are administered, the doctor will make an incision in the gum line and gently lift back the tissue from the tooth. This process allows for easy removal of unhealthy bacteria and plaque buildup, while smoothing the root surfaces.
Once the area is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, Dr. Goodman will fold the soft tissue back around the tooth and close the incisions with dissolvable sutures. The gums are sealed tightly around the base of the tooth, which prevents additional bacteria from getting trapped.
Stop Gum Disease in its Tracks
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, contact our practice online today or call (816) 842-8585 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Goodman. With his extensive experience, Dr. Goodman can provide an array of periodontal treatments to help you maintain good oral health.