Gum disease can look downright awful, but is very seldom painful. I have been in practice for over 35 years and have a wealth of experience in treating gum disease, both surgically, and non-surgically.
Non-Surgical Ways to Prevent Gum Disease
Maintenance and prevention is the most important way to avoid getting gum disease. Getting regular dental cleanings every six months, or more frequently if it is recommended, will help remove plaque and tartar from your teeth to keep you from developing gum disease.
When necessary, I recommend a non-surgical procedure referred to as root planing and scaling. This procedure uses a local anesthetic to anesthetize the area to make it more comfortable to remove plaque and tartar above and below the gum line. Instruments are used to scale and smooth rough spots on the roots of the tooth (planing). When the deeper gum pockets are clean and free of toxins, an antibiotic paste is placed in the pocket to further aid healing.
Surgical approach to Treat Gum Disease
Pocket Reduction/Flap Surgery
This procedure, which does involve anesthesia, involves lifting the gums back and removing tartar. Oftentimes tooth surfaces that are irregular are smoothed to limit areas where bacteria can hide. The gums are then placed back in a way so that the tissue fits closely around the tooth. With lessening the space between the tooth and gum, this method can decrease the areas where harmful bacteria can hide.
Being sure to prevent gum disease or treat it if you have had signs of gum disease is such an important part of your overall oral health. To learn more about the periodontal treatments I offer, give my office a call today!