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All You Need To Know About Soft Tissue Management

All You Need To Know About Soft Tissue Management

Posted by BRADLEY C. JONES, DDS on Oct 22 2021, 06:30 AM

Gum disease is a severe chronic condition that is the cause of tooth loss in adults. The dentist ensures that their patients have healthy gum and teeth throughout their life. It is why soft tissue management is tremendously essential.

Causes of Periodontal Disease

The primary cause of Periodontal or gum disease is maintaining poor oral hygiene. Not having good oral hygiene can accumulate plaque, which is a sticky, colorless layer of bacteria. If not treated with brushing, flossing, or regular dental checkup, the gum will get irritated and can cause inflammation and infection, and eventually, the gum tissue will be pulled out from the teeth. The space between the gum and the teeth collects plaque and debris, thereby giving the bacteria the only environment to flourish.

Gum disease can also be caused due to other factors like family history, smoking, aging, crooked teeth, and hormonal changes during pregnancy. 

Also, gum disease occurs in two phases. The first phase of this disease leads to gingivitis which can be treated with the help of professional care and maintaining oral hygiene at home. 

If left untreated, it moves to its second phase, known as Periodontitis. Periodontitis can damage the bones and tissues supporting the teeth. It loses and potentially leads to tooth loss. Periodontitis symptoms space between the teeth because of gum recession, painful chewing, bad breath, and tooth misalignment.

However, you can save your gums and teeth and your overall health by maintaining a soft tissue management plan.

What Is Soft Tissue Management?

Soft Tissue Management is an advanced non-surgical plan created to either provide patients relief from Periodontal diseases or keep it under control. This plan consists of:

Dental Exam

The dentist performs a thorough periodontal exam to identify the health of the gums and measure the depth of the pockets. It determines the severity of the condition and the need for the dental procedure.

Scaling and Root Planing 

If the dentist finds something severe, they perform scaling and root planing. They remove the accumulated plaque and tartar from the teeth and above and below the gum line non-surgically. Then, the rough spots on the tooth roots prevent further plaque accumulation and reattach the gums to the tooth surface.

Inundating Medications on the Treated Areas 

The treated area is inundated using an antimicrobial product that eliminates bacteria and heals the gum faster.

Maintaining Oral Hygiene at Home 

Maintaining oral hygiene is a significant part of the Soft Tissue Management Plan.

Hence, maintain your oral hygiene by brushing, flossing, and getting a routine dental checkup.

Bradley C. Jones, DDS, offers comprehensive dental services, including effective treatments for soft tissues in your mouth at Napa, CA. For more details and appointments, call us at  (707) 224-6006, book online, or visit us at 1600 Trancas St suite b, Napa, CA 94558.

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