Regular cleanings are a great way to keep your teeth and gums healthy and free from periodontal disease. However, if it is found that you do have gum disease, you have several treatments at your disposal. The treatment option right for you will depend on your specific situation and the extent of the problem, but at Complete Dental, we always begin with the least invasive intervention.
Nonsurgical Treatment Options
There are a few periodontal treatment options that don’t involve surgery:
- Scaling and root planing. This is usually the first line of defense against periodontal disease. It involves cleaning the teeth with an ultrasonic device to remove plaque and tartar. This includes removal from under the gum line and around the root.
- Antibiotics. If you experience pockets in the gums, your dentist may recommend an antibiotic to reach the infection.
Even improved oral hygiene can go a long way to reverse your symptoms of periodontal disease.
Unfortunately, if periodontal disease progresses, it could reach the point that non-surgical initiatives will no longer work. Surgery may then be required, and some of the most common procedures include:
- Pocket depth reduction. Also known as flap surgery, this procedure involves folding back the gum tissue in order to remove bacteria hiding underneath. Especially damaged tissue might also be removed before the healthy gums are sewn back into place.
- Soft tissue grafts. Gum recession can cause the roots to become exposed, and a soft-tissue graft can help. Tissue from the roof of your mouth will be sewn into the gum area in order to cover the roots.
- Regeneration. The mouth can also be restored with a regeneration procedure, especially when the tissue and bone that support the teeth have been lost as a result of severe periodontal disease.
If you suspect that you might have periodontal disease and want to learn more about potential treatment options, contact us at Complete Dental today.