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Treatments for Gum Disease

Sep 7

A common issue that can seriously affect your teeth and gums is gum disease. It's crucial to get treatment for gum disease as soon as you can in order to stop it from getting worse. The best options will be suggested by your dentist's course of action for you based on the severity of your issue and the variety of gum disease treatments available.


Nonsurgical Treatments for Periodontitis


Non-surgical methods of treating gum disease include:


  • Professional cleaning of the teeth. Plaque and tartar are removed by your dentist or dental hygienist during a routine visit (tartar is plaque that builds up on the surface of the tooth and can only be removed by a dentist). by professional cleaning) from all teeth above and below the gum line. If you show signs of gum disease, your dentist may advise you to have professional dental cleanings more than twice a year. Dental cleanings do not treat active gum disease. They are, however, an essential preventive measure that can assist you in preventing its development.


  • Scaling and root planing. This is a nonsurgical deep cleaning procedure performed under local anesthesia in which scaling is the process of removing plaque and tartar from the gum line and the rough areas on the tooth root.smoothed (planning). Smoothing out the rough spots removes bacteria while providing a clean surface for the gums to reattach to the teeth if your dentist or periodontist determines that you have plaque and calculus (hardened plaque, also known as tartar) under your gums that needs to be removed, scaling and root planing is performed.


Surgical Treatments for Gum Disease


Some treatments for gum disease are surgical. Some examples are:


  • Flap surgery/pocket reduction surgery. Tartar is eliminated while the gums are raised back in this process. In some cases, the damaged bone's irregular surfaces are smoothed to limit the areas where disease-causing bacteria can hide. After that, the gums are positioned to snugly encircle the teeth. By using this technique, the distance between the gum and the tooth, reducing the areas where harmful bacteria can grow and the risk of severe health problems associated with periodontal disease.


  • Bone grafts. This procedure involves replacing bone destroyed by gum disease with fragments of your bone, synthetic bone, or donated bone. The grafts serve as a foundation for new bone growth, which improves tooth stability. A new technology called tissue engineering urges your own body to regenerate bone and tissue at a faster rate.


  • Soft tissue grafts. This procedure strengthens weak gums or fills gaps where gums have receded. Grafted tissue is stitched in place, usually from the roof of the mouth, to add tissue to the affected area.


  • Guided tissue regeneration. This technique promotes the formation of bone and gum tissue after destroying the bone supporting your teeth. Between the bone and gum tissue is placed a tiny piece of mesh-like material in conjunction with flap surgery. As a result, the gum tissue won't encroach on the bone area, allowing the bone and connective tissue to regrow and better support the teeth.


  • Bone surgery. Smoothness and shallow craters in the bone result from moderate to advanced bone loss. The bone around the tooth is reshaped after flap surgery to reduce cavities. This makes bacteria collection and growth more difficult.


In some patients, the nonsurgical scaling and root planing procedure is all that is needed to treat gum diseases. However, surgery is necessary when the tissue around the teeth is unhealthy and cannot be repaired with nonsurgical options.


A healthy smile cannot be achieved without having healthy gums. Gingivitis (gum disease) can be treated by River District Smiles Dentistry, ensuring that your smile will last for years to come. Our confederate experts proudly offer the latest dental technology and treatments in a comforting environment. Contact us for more information!