Periodontal or gum disease is no laughing matter. It’s just as serious as any other dental or oral health concern, and may warrant the need for gum or bone therapy. In fact, the majority of adults have some form of periodontal disease – some are just more pronounced than others. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t wait until it gets so bad that even gum and bone therapy won’t be enough to answer it.

Those At Risk

Some people are more susceptible than others, and if you find yourself identifying with these risk factors then you just might be a candidate for gum and bone therapy:

  • Smoking
  • Hormonal changes in females (makes gums more sensitive)
  • Diabetes (a condition that puts you at a higher risk for infections that include periodontal disease)
  • Stress (lowers your immune system, also putting you at risk for infection)
  • Use of some medications (antidepressants and heart medicines because they lessen the amount of saliva which has a positive effect on both teeth and gums)
  • Illnesses and a variety of debilitating diseases
  • Genetics (if it runs in your family, there is a high chance that you might get it, too)

Therapy Options

There are a number of gum and bone therapy options for those suffering from periodontal disease. All of them work with the goal of controlling the infection. One is deep cleaning through scaling or root planing. This is where the dentist removes the tartar above and also below your gum line, effectively removing the bacteria that adds to the disease. Another is by use of medications like antimicrobial mouth rinses, antiseptic chips, antibiotic gels, or enzyme suppressants, among others. You can also undergo flap surgery (which removes tartar in the deepest periodontal pockets), or bone and tissue grafting therapy (where bone from another part of your body is used for tissue regeneration prior to dental implants, to make the bone stronger and provide more support).

If you need assistance with gum and bone therapies for periodontal disease, don’t hesitate to pay us a visit at 8810 Middlebelt Road Livonia, MI 48150.