In Wednesday’s blog, we discussed the common causes of gum disease and covered a few preventive solutions to safeguard your smile. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at how we can actually treat and manage the disease. We’re covering three possible solutions for gum disease. Remember, gum disease only grows worse without treatment, so if you recognize the symptoms (sore gums, bleeding, redness), please schedule an appointment today.
Scaling and Root Planing
We also refer to the procedure as a deep cleaning. In the early stages, we can use this to reverse gingivitis or manage periodontal disease, preventing the disease from reaching the periodontitis stage, in which adult tooth loss can occur. The procedure involves using ultrasonic scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and roots. The procedure can be done in one visit, or in severe cases, up to four. Removing plaque and help improve the health of the gums.
Another example of an early stage treatment, an antibacterial rinse can help kill the bacteria responsible for the inflammation of the gums and the onset of gum disease. We can then recommend preventive solutions to help maintain optimal gum health, preventing the disease from growing worse and safeguarding your entire smile in the process.
In the later stages of the disease, a more serious treatment option may be necessary. We can use dental lasers to target and remove infected gum tissue, allowing healthy gums to adhere to the teeth and close periodontal pockets. Lasers are quiet and comfortable, in fact patients rarely require anesthesia. The area won’t bleed afterward and using lasers significantly reduces the risk of infection.
If you have any questions about our gum disease treatments, then please contact our office today.