Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontal gum disease treatment is determined by the severity of each particular case. Once we have performed a thorough periodontal exam, a treatment plan can be put into place to control the infection and fight against gum disease progression. Early detection of gum disease is important and success will depend on several factors including upkeep at home. The American Dental Association recommends that people with gum disease visit their dentist 3-4 times per year for periodontal maintenance.
Types of Gum Disease Treatment
Scaling and Root Planing: This is an essential deep cleaning procedure in which the plaque is scraped off above and below the gum line (scaling) and the tough spots on the root and bacteria are removed (root planing).
Antibiotics: Often times alongside the scaling and root planing procedure, we will be administered a special gum disease antibiotic such as an antimicrobial mouth rinse, antibiotic gel or oral antibiotics to fight against the infection just as you would take an antibiotic to fight against any other infection.
Surgical treatment: If gum disease progresses to its more severe state, the doctor may recommend a surgical procedure in which there are two general paths. A Flap surgery, in which the gums are lifted to remove tartar and then sutured back in place, is the most common surgical procedure or bone and tissue grafts in which to regenerate lost tissue and bone.
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