It is extremely important to treat Periodontal Disease or Gum Disease as quickly as possible.
With many misconceptions and myths surrounding gum disease, it’s best to contact your dentist as soon as you detect symptoms that you believe could be related to the disease.
This will help to reduce the amount of harm caused and secure the option of future dental implants.
There is no need to be scared or worried, and no matter how severe your case is, we will guide you as to which treatment is most appropriate for your personal case.
There are several treatment types available:
When treating gum disease, the goal is to control your infection. The best place to start for this is with a deep-cleaning procedure.
Deep cleaning differs from regular cleaning because it reaches under the gum line, and uses specific instruments.
We can also do something called scaling as part of the cleaning. This involves scraping off tartar both above and below your gum line.
Root planing is another aspect of deep cleaning, which is when the rough surfaces of the roots of your teeth are smoothed out. It helps the gums reattach to your tooth.
Both methods may take more than one visit to the dentist.
Some dentists may prescribe medication as part of the treatment procedure. Typical medication types include:
1. Antiseptic chip or antibiotic microspheres
These are tiny gels or particles that you insert into pockets in your gum, and they release medication slowly over time to help reduce the size of the pocket and get rid of bacteria.
2. Antibiotic gel
You spread this on gum pockets after a deep cleaning to help control and prevent infection.
3. Enzyme suppressant
This comes in tablet form and should be consumed after a deep cleaning to block certain enzymes in your mouth from breaking down gum tissue.
4. Oral antibiotics
These are appropriate for more serious infections and you can swallow them as capsules or tablets.
If the deep cleaning and the use of medications are not successful in healing your gum disease, then your dentist may recommend going ahead with the surgery:
1. Gum graft surgery
A surgeon takes tissue from another part of your mouth (like your palate) and covers any exposed tooth roots to prevent bone loss or decay and help sensitive teeth.
2. Flap surgery
Your gums are lifted up so the surgeon can get at tartar deep underneath your gum line. Then she stitches your gum back in place so it’s tight around the tooth to help prevent more tartar from forming.
The most important thing to remember is that whatever your stage of gum disease, we will find the most effective treatment possible.