Treatments For Periodontal Disease
Posted on: Monday, May 21st, 2018
Periodontal disease refers to inflammation or infection in the gum tissue. If this becomes severe enough, it can erode the gums so that they pull back from the teeth. Because the gums provide an important foundation for your teeth, severe periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. Periodontal treatment restores health to your gums and helps prevent tooth loss.
Treatment Options for Periodontal Disease
If you have gum disease, your dentist will recommend appropriate treatment. The type of treatment recommended will depend upon the severity of the gum disease. If you sufferc from inflammation in the gums, commonly referred to as gingivitis, your provider might recommend a special mouthwash or toothbrush to reduce the inflammation.
As your gums become more severely infected, treatment becomes more complex. Antibiotics can help with gum disease, but if the gums have begun to recede from the tooth roots, you might need a deep cleaning treatment or even gum surgery.
Deep cleaning treatment, referred to as planing and scaling, is a common recommendation for moderate gum disease. Your dentist removes all the infection from your gums and also smooths out the tooth’s roots so that there are fewer rough surfaces for bacteria to cling to. If you require gum surgery, a gum graft might be performed. This procedure involves transplanting tissue from the roof of your mouth to shore up your gums around the bases of your teeth.
Preventing Periodontal Disease
You can avoid these types of periodontal treatment by preventing gum disease. The best way to do this is with diligent at-home care and regular dental visits. Unfortunately, gum disease often does not present any symptoms until it has become more serious, so it’s difficult to diagnose without the assistance of a dentist. To help prevent gum disease from developing, be sure to brush and floss regularly, avoid foods that can contribute to cavities, and see your dentist for regular cleanings.
If it’s time to schedule your next exam and cleaning, contact our team at Beautiful Dentistry today.