Periodontal Services in
Anchorage, Alaska

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Periodontal Services in Anchorage, Alaska

At Glacier Dental, we believe that your oral health is one of your most important investments. That is why we offer top-quality periodontal services to help all of our patients defeat gum disease and maintain optimal oral health. You can trust your smile to our board-certified team!

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease. The word periodontal means “around the tooth.” Periodontal disease attacks the gums and bone that support the teeth. Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it! Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.

Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, but recent research also suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy. Researchers are determining if inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease affect these systemic diseases and conditions. Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.

What Causes Gum Disease?

In most cases, gum disease is caused by poor oral hygiene and built-up plaque. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar). When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone. Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.

Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.

What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

Gum disease presents with a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Bleeding gums: Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
  • Loose teeth: Caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone)
  • New spacing between teeth: Caused by bone loss
  • Persistent bad breath: Caused by bacteria in the mouth
  • Pus around the teeth and gums: Sign that there is an infection present
  • Receding gums: Loss of gum around a tooth
  • Red and puffy gums: Gums should never be red or swollen
  • Tenderness or discomfort: Plaque, calculus, and bacteria can irritate the gums and teeth

If you experience one or more of these symptoms, call Glacier Dental today. Our team will perform a thorough examination and provide treatment recommendations to get your oral health back on track!

How Is Gum Disease Treated?

At Glacier Dental, we offer a variety of treatments to defeat gum disease and give you a reason to smile again. Our board-certified specialists are dedicated to restoring the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures that will result in beautiful smiles!

Depending on your needs, we may recommend one or more of the following treatments to restore your oral health:

  • Scaling and Root Planing: A deep cleaning performed to remove built-up tartar and plaque from the surface of your teeth and tooth roots. It also involves planing, or smoothing, your tooth roots to prevent plaque from developing in the future.
  • Dental Crown Lengthening: We perform this procedure to remove diseased or excess gum tissue and reveal more of the healthy tooth structure underneath. This procedure can also be performed to improve the look of your smile if it looks “gummy.”
  • Gingivectomy: Our dentist performs this surgical procedure to remove diseased gum tissue from around your teeth and promote the growth of healthy tissue.
  • Ridge Augmentation: We perform this surgical procedure following a tooth extraction to prevent bone tissue loss.
  • Sinus Lift: A sinus lift is a surgical procedure recommended to add bone tissue to the upper jaw following a tooth extraction or tissue loss. We perform this surgery to restore the healthy jawbone tissue needed to support a dental implant.
  • Bone Grafting: This surgical procedure is used to transplant bone tissue to your jaw, promote healthy growth, and provide the stability for a dental implant.

To determine what treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation with Glacier Dental.

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Call a Trusted Local Dentist for Your Dental Care Needs!

Glacier Dental is here to help you defeat gum disease! Call our office at (907) 802-4515 for our Tudor Location or (907) 802-4517 for our Bragaw Location to schedule an appointment. Our board-certified dental team offers a variety of procedures to fully restore your oral health.

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