Periodontal TreatmentsIf you've been diagnosed with gum disease, there are a variety of treatment options available.
If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, there are a variety of treatment options depending on the details of your situation and the severity of the problem. We always start with the least invasive options, which are non-surgical.
Understanding Periodontal Diseases
Periodontal diseases can range from simple gum inflammation to severe disease, leading to significant damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. Factors such as poor oral hygiene, genetic susceptibility, and certain illnesses can contribute to the development of these conditions.
Types of Periodontal Diseases
Gingivitis: The earliest stage, characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed easily.
Periodontitis: A more advanced stage where the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth, forming pockets.
Periodontal Treatments: The Solutions
Addressing periodontal diseases requires a combination of professional treatments and good oral hygiene practices.
During a regular dental check-up, plaque and tartar are removed from above and below the gum line of all the teeth.
Scaling and Root Planing
A deep-cleaning method that scrapes off tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planing removes rough spots on the tooth root where germs gather.
To lift back the gums and remove tartar. The gums are then sutured back in place to fit snugly around the tooth.
Bone and Tissue Grafts
Used to regenerate lost bone and gum tissue. Natural or synthetic bone is placed where bone was lost, promoting bone growth.
The Role of Periodontal Maintenance
After undergoing periodontal treatment, patients must adopt an intensive oral care routine. This will involve regular dental check-ups, cleaning, and possibly more frequent scaling and root planing procedures.
Benefits of Periodontal Treatments
Prevention of Tooth Loss: Addressing gum disease at an early stage can prevent tooth loss.
Better Oral Health: Regular cleanings and check-ups ensure a healthy oral cavity.
Improved Overall Health: Treating periodontal disease can also benefit heart health and decrease the risk of chronic illnesses.