Untreated tartar and plaque can create a domino effect of dental health problems, such as periodontal disease and tooth loss. Unsightly plaque is bacteria that adheres to the surface of the teeth, and while brushing or flossing can get help remove it, without regular cleanings it can develop into tartar. Hardened tartar must be scaled off by a dentist or dental hygienist.
If left to fester, inflammation of the gums, or gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, can develop. With gingivitis, gums become red, swollen, can bleed easily and advance to periodontitis. This can cause gum recession, which may result in tooth sensitivity when eating cold or hot foods. With periodontitis, gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets that can become infected and the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth are gradually destroyed. Eventually, the teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed.
At this critical point, patients must prevent further damage and dental problems with gum grafting procedures, such as connective-tissue grafts, free gingival grafts or pedicle grafts. Your dentist will help determine which treatment is best. By taking gum tissue from one area of the mouth and placing it in another, gum grafting can help prevent the damaging effects of gum recession and loss of teeth caused by periodontitis. Receding gums may also start to look unattractive so many individuals choose to have gum grafts to also improve their smiles.
You can help avoid this unpleasant domino effect by receiving regular dental care. Treatment from a specialist, such as a periodontist who performs gum grafting, is accessible and affordable with the Key Discount Dental Plan. Start saving your teeth today! Contact one of our knowledgeable customer care representatives at (800) 539-4550 or join online now. This is not insurance.