There are a variety of options for treatment of gum disease. The least invasive treatment is always first choice, however, surgery is necessary in more severe cases.
Non Surgical Treatment
First choice of treatment for gum disease is a cleaning called “scaling and root planing.” In doing this type of cleaning we can remove plaque and tartar build up by using an ultra sonic cleaning device. After this is done, the surface and tooth root is smoothed out. This procedure makes it easier for the gum tissue to reattach to the tooth.
By treating gum disease before it gets too severe, scaling and planing may be as far as you have to go for correcting it. It is very important to take care of your teeth and gums to help prevent gum disease. If you have had it once and have been treated, it is even more important to continue treatment at home. This will include brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding tobacco, following a healthy diet, and be sure to make regular check ups with your dentist.
Surgical Treatment Options
Some cases of gum disease are so severe that surgical treatment is the only solution. There are severe surgical solutions that will restore your healthy smile. We will recommend the proper procedure for your teeth and gum condition. Here is a list of different procedures we offer:
- Pocket Depth Redution- Periodontal disease damages the tissue and bones that originally would be in a healthy mouth, leaving open pockets. This leaves room for bacteria to grow inside the pockets and further damage. This can get as bad as leading to a tooth falling out or getting removed
During Pocket Depth Reduction, we go into the pocket and remove the bacteria, plaque and tarter build up, and any tissue that is too damaged to restore. We then see healthy tissue back to place and allow gums to reattach to teeth.
- Regeneration- Sometimes gum disease can cause the loss of bone and tissue that support the teeth. During Regeneration, we begin by folding back gum tissue and disguard of bacterial disease hardened plaque and tartar build up. We then either perform a bone graft to stimulate new bone growth, or insert a protein that will help with tissue growth to repair destroyed areas.
- Soft-tissue Graft- one very common symptom of gum disease is gum recession. This can cause more of the root to be revealed resulting in sensitivity to hot or cold liquids and foods. It also causes tooth exposure and brings more damage from bacteria and plaque to the surface of the tooth root.
A Soft-tissue Graft takes tissue from the roof of your mouth and sees it to the gum area, this covers the roots and restores it back to health.