The good news about gum disease is that there are many different kinds of treatments. However the bad news is that you will inevitably suffer some discomfort and soreness regardless of the treatment used to treat the disease. Let’s cover all the options to help save your smile.
Mild Signs of Gum Disease Might Be Fine with Non-Surgical Solutions
Your dentist is the only one who can advise you on the right way to deal with gingivitis. However depending on the stage and severity of your case, you might be able to avoid any surgical procedure. These are a few of the non-surgical alternate options available at this time:
- Professional dental cleaning: For those who only have slight indicators of periodontal disease, a professional cleaning that removes the damaging plaque and tartar is usually the way to treat gingivitis. This will need to be followed by further and frequent cleanings.
- Scaling and root planing: This treatment for gum disease is a deep-cleaning process that scrapes away tartar and plaque below the surface of gums. It’s carried out under a local anesthetic.
Severe Circumstances of Gum Disease Call for Surgical Treatments
When a mild case of gingivitis advances into extreme periodontal disease, then surgery is often the easiest way to save your smile. However, you can ease both your pain and mind by learning about the these surgical methods:
- Flap surgery: This process involves lifting back the gums to remove the tartar buildup, then positioning the gums to suit more securely around the tooth in an effort to limit future bacteria growth.
- Bone grafts: By taking grafts of bone, dentists are able to attach those grafts to teeth to promote bone re-growth and better tooth stability.
- Soft tissue grafts: Just like bone grafts, this technique takes grafts of tissue from the mouth and attaches them to the gums to replenish areas of gum recession.
- Guided tissue regeneration: This treatment involves inserting a small piece of material between the bone and gum tissue. It allows the bone and tissue to re-generate and support teeth. It’s the most suitable choice when the bone has been destroyed.
- Bone surgery: Mild to severe bone loss requires this procedure, which smooths out the shallow craters in the bone around the tooth to keep future bacteria from generating.
Medicine Might Be Apart of Care for Gum Disease
Antibiotics could also be involved in the treatment for gum disease, both alone or together with a surgical procedure. They’re used to cut back on bacteria buildup, in addition to preventing additional deterioration of the tooth’s present connection to the bone.
Contact us here at your St. Lucie Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, (772) 878-5000 with all your questions & concerns about any of the topics covered here.