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Gum Disease Treatment

Comprehensive treatment options to halt gum disease and restore oral health.

Introduction to Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. It's typically caused by poor brushing and flossing habits that allow plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—to build up on the teeth and harden. Advanced gum disease, known as periodontitis, can lead to tooth loss and is a risk factor for heart and lung diseases. Treatment aims to clean the pockets around teeth and prevent damage to surrounding bone.

Benefits of Gum Disease Treatment

  • Prevents Tooth Loss: Treating gum disease early can help save your teeth from decay and loss.
  • Reduces Health Risks: Treatment reduces the risk of associated health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease.
  • Improves Oral Hygiene: Professional cleaning and treatment improve your overall oral health and hygiene.
  • Enhances Aesthetic Appearance: Treatments can also improve the look of your smile by reducing gum swelling and recession.

Common Gum Disease Treatments

The treatment of gum disease depends on the severity of the condition:

  • Scaling and Root Planing: This deep-cleaning, nonsurgical procedure, involves scraping off the tartar from above and below the gum line and smoothing out rough spots on the tooth root where the germs gather, helping to remove bacteria that contribute to the disease.
  • Medications: Various medications may be used as a part of periodontal treatment including antibiotic gels, oral antibiotics, and prescription antimicrobial mouthwash.
  • Surgery: In advanced cases, surgery such as flap surgery (pocket reduction surgery) or bone and tissue grafts might be required to restore supportive tissues.

What to Expect During Gum Disease Treatment

Treatment for gum disease varies depending on the severity of the condition but generally follows these steps:

  1. Assessment: A comprehensive examination to assess the depth of the pockets around your teeth and to determine the extent of bone loss.
  2. Treatment Plan: Based on the assessment, a detailed treatment plan is formulated, which might include both surgical and non-surgical options.
  3. Implementation: The treatment plan is implemented, involving one or multiple visits depending on the required procedures.
  4. Ongoing Maintenance: After treatment, regular dental visits and possibly more frequent cleanings will be necessary to keep gum disease from returning.

Post-Treatment Care

Following gum disease treatment, it is vital to maintain good oral hygiene practices at home, including brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using mouthwash. These practices will help to manage and prevent the recurrence of periodontal disease.

Schedule Your Gum Disease Consultation

If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, such as swollen, tender, or bleeding gums, don't wait for your condition to worsen. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. Our team is committed to helping you achieve a healthier mouth and a happier life.

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