Periodontics Improve Orthodontic Treatment Outcomes

January 22, 2020

If you have misaligned teeth, braces can improve your smile’s quality. Gum diseases can make orthodontic treatments fruitless. In some instances, if the teeth supporting structures are not healthy, the braces end up causing more harm than good. One of the most crucial steps before getting braces fixed is to go for a thorough dental exam to determine your gum’s initial health.

The Connection between Periodontics and Braces

Your gum health and teeth alignment are co-related. Uneven spacing, poor positioning, and teeth overcrowding make it hard to clean your teeth and gums properly, which leads to bacterial growth and gum disease. Seeking periodontics treatment for straightening teeth or correcting a malocclusion improves your gum health in the long run.

Fitting braces when you have periodontitis or active gingivitis puts your dental health at risk. All types of periodontics treatment, such as Invisalign or braces, involve shifting your teeth’s position by the application of continuous pressure. Over time, this pressure changes the shape of your jaw to align with the new positioning. While your teeth are in the process of alignment, a gum infection could compromise your dental health.

Get Periodontal Clearance

Before getting braces fixed, it is critical to have your periodontist ensure your dental health can take the treatment. During the exam, the periodontist evaluates your gum, teeth, and bone structure. The doctor will also check your risk factors, such as your general health and age. They also check for any bleeding, inflammation, redness, loose teeth, and recession. If required, the periodontist will recommend treatment to restore gum health.

Periodontal Procedures before Orthodontic Treatment

If during the dental exam, the periodontist finds you have gum recession or gum disease, your treatment may involve either of the following procedures:

  • Scaling and Root Planing

This type of treatment involves deep cleaning and removes tartar, hardened plaque, and any bacterial deposits on your teeth that are below and above the gum line. This process involves smoothing out the root’s surface to make way for further healing.

  • Pocket Reduction Surgery

Pocket reduction surgery or flap surgery is done in tandem with root planing and scaling. The process involves folding back the gum tissue to get rid of bacteria and dirt from pockets that form around the teeth, then fixing them back. This reduces inflammation, potentially reducing more damage to your teeth.

  • Grafts

With receded gums, your periodontist may recommend gum grafting before, during, and after the orthodontic procedure to help improve gum tissue and to prevent any further recession. After periodontal disease treatment, keeping your gums healthy is of the utmost importance. Gum health is maintained by going to your periodontist regularly for maintenance.

Before starting any treatment, make an appointment with Real Smile for a thorough gum evaluation. After your gums have gone through evaluation, you will know if you qualify for braces or aligners. If your gums are not healthy, you will get an alternative treatment plan to improve your gum health before taking any further steps. Call us today at 201 275 1085 to book an appointment.

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