The most common symptom of Gum Disease Treatment is red, puffy gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss. Untreated gingivitis can lead to serious health problems.
Treatment for Gum Disease Treatment can eliminate bacteria, stop bone loss and restore healthy teeth and gums. It is most successful when combined with a daily routine of good oral hygiene, management of health conditions that impact dental health, and avoiding tobacco use.
We’ve all heard of the benefits of good oral hygiene: bright, beautiful teeth; fresh-smelling breath; that squeaky-clean feeling. But there’s much more to good oral health than just brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly for dental checkups.
Besides preventing tooth decay, gingivitis, and periodontitis, which may lead to losing your teeth, it can also help you avoid other health problems. For instance, Gum Disease Treatment bacteria can spread to the bloodstream and clog the arteries, raising your risk for heart attack or stroke. The same bacteria can also cause endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart chambers or valves.
The first step to preventing Gum Disease Treatment is a consistent oral hygiene routine. This includes daily brushing (at least twice a day) with antibacterial toothpaste and flossing. There are also antimicrobial mouthwashes that you can swish around your mouth two to three times a day to control plaque. These products are available both by prescription and over-the-counter.
When your mouth is full of bacteria that make toxins, they can irritate and inflame your gums. This can lead to a mild form of Gum Disease Treatment called gingivitis. Untreated, it can progress to the more serious form of gum disease known as periodontitis. Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and may increase your risk of other health problems like heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and respiratory illness.
Antibiotics are powerful germ-fighting medications that help to eliminate infections when used correctly. However, overuse of antibiotics has led to a rise in “super bacteria”—bacteria that have developed resistance to certain drugs.
Your periodontist may use antibiotics along with other treatment procedures or on their own to reduce infection-causing bacteria in your mouth and/or gum pockets.
Scaling & Root Planing
Your dentist will likely recommend teeth scaling and root planing for you, a more in-depth dental cleaning than regular teeth cleaning. It may take more than one visit and require a local anesthetic depending on the extent of your chronic periodontitis. This treatment removes bacteria and plaque from the surface of your teeth and below the gum line in any large pockets that form around each tooth. This allows the gum tissue to heal and reattach more firmly to the tooth roots.
During tooth scaling and root planing, your gums are numbed so the hygienist can painlessly scrape below the gum line to remove bacteria, plaque, calculus (tartar), and stained areas of your teeth. Then the roots are smoothed out to prevent bacteria from easily re-accumulating on your teeth surfaces. This treatment will be most effective when it is followed by adequate home care, antibiotics, and mouth rinses if needed. It can help stop the progression of Gum Disease Treatment and save your teeth and bone.
Flap Surgery/Pocket Reduction Surgery
When Gum Disease Treatment progresses to periodontitis, pockets form around the teeth. These pockets trap bacteria and if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss or serious health problems. Stafford Oral Surgery can perform a procedure called pocket reduction surgery to remove bacteria and tartar (calculus) from under the gums, treat any exposed roots and reduce the depth of the pockets. Contact for treatment at BellaViso.
In this procedure, your dentist makes small incisions and pulls back the gum tissue.
In some cases, a soft tissue graft may be used to cover any exposed roots and reduce the likelihood of future damage. This is usually done if the gum tissue has been destroyed by advanced periodontitis. Results from a recent study that compared pocket reduction surgery to access flap surgery showed that pockets were significantly reduced and clinical attachment level was restored at 6 and 12 months.