How Is Gum Disease Treated?
Gum disease is a commonly occurring disease that is the result of poor oral hygiene. There have been many treatments developed to specifically address the causes and effects of gum disease. Our team at Advanced Dental Specialty Group are skilled in all of these surgical and non-surgical treatment options to provide you with the best oral care possible.
When gum disease is diagnosed in its early stages, our professionals can treat you with strictly non-surgical treatments. These treatments can be done as part of your normal cleaning and exam. However, advanced gum disease has to be treated with more costly and invasive surgical treatments in order to provide you with a favorable outcome.
The primary forms of non-surgical treatment are scaling and root planing. These two treatments are always utilized together to provide you with the best possible results. Scaling involves the removal of hardened tartar deposits. Our team accomplishes this by scraping tartar off of your teeth with a small metal hand tool.
After cleaning and scaling are complete, they can begin root planing. The goal of root planing is to smooth the roots of your teeth so that they can begin to reattach to your gums. Scaling and root planing usually have to be completed several times to ensure your teeth are free of tartar during the healing process.
It is important that you practice good oral hygiene habits to get the best results from scaling and root planing. This includes brushing your teeth twice per day for at least two minutes per session and regularly flossing your teeth. Scaling and root planing are done during your normal cleaning appointments, but our team may need to up the frequency of these appointments every three months during treatment.
If your gum disease is already in the advanced stages, our team will likely have to use surgical interventions to provide you with a successful outcome. The first surgical intervention is called pocket reduction surgery. During this procedure, our professional will make an incision in your gumline and complete scaling and root planing through this incision. Your gums are then sutured so that the pockets between your teeth and gums shrink.
Pocket reduction surgery allows our team to continue treating your gum disease with non-surgical scaling and root planing by making the pockets that trap tartar shallower. If a significant gum recession has occurred, then our team may suggest a soft tissue graft. This graft will reshape your gum line and restore the normal function of your gums.
In more severe cases of gum disease, our team will need to perform a bone graft. This procedure involves grafting fragments of bone to your jawbone so that it will be strong enough for other restorative measures, such as dental implants.
Our team at Advanced Dental Specialty Group will develop a custom treatment plan for you and utilize the best combination of treatments to provide you with a successful outcome and give you a healthy smile. If you are ready to start your journey to a healthier mouth and brighter smile, you can schedule your appointment by calling our team at 385 381-6464 today.