Dr. Chase Kelly, DDS

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SPRINGFIELD, MO

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Periodontal Treatments & Gum Surgery

Even healthy teeth can be lost due to a lack of supporting structure such as the gums and bone. Did you know that 8 out of 10 times a tooth is lost it is because of periodontal disease?

The good news is that when your dentist diagnoses early or late stage periodontal disease, there are therapies that can often slow down and almost stop the progression of bone loss. The goal is to actively fight or eliminate the active infection in your gums to keep the bone and gums from melting away from the tooth root.

We can prevent new gum recession, and repair teeth which already have recession. Often times the healing time is minimized through our special techniques and results are predictable and esthetically pleasing.

3 OUT OF 4 ADULTS AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIFE ARE AFFECTED BY GUM DISEASE.

The primary cause of gum disease is plaque – a layer of bacteria that sticks to your teeth. If you do not brush the plaque away, it will calcify and become a hard substance known as tarter or calculus. You can brush away plaque but it is not possible to remove tarter with a toothbrush. Most people don’t manage to keep their teeth completely plaque free which is why we recommend professional teeth cleanings at least twice a year to remove any calculus.

THE BACTERIA IN PLAQUE CAUSE YOUR GUMS TO BECOME IRRITATED.

In the presence of plaque, your gums become red and swollen, and bleed when you brush or floss. This prolonged irritation of your gums creates a pocket/cave around your tooth, which slowly progresses down your root. Untreated, this pocket grows and slowly removes the jawbone from around your tooth. Eventually, the tooth will fall out from the lack of support.

Some People Are At Greater Risk For Gum Disease. This Includes People Who:

WHAT ARE THE STEPS TO MANAGE GUM DISEASE?

Much like a wobbly fence post that does not have enough dirt around it, we have to identify and prevent erosion or melting away of the gums and bone supporting your teeth. The top 3 risk factors for bone loss are Diabetes, Smoking, and Age. Many times this leads to things like bleeding gums, gum recession, wiggly teeth, or tooth loss. If caught early enough we can usually save teeth with early to middle stages of these conditions.

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