Gum Disease Treatments

Good oral health care is not just about brushing your teeth and making sure that you have zero cavities. It also has a lot to do with gum health. When you are diagnosed with gum disease, it means your gum tissue is inflamed and in danger of affecting not just the teeth but the supporting bones in your mouth as well. Gum disease is the result of the accumulation of acids, certain foods, plaque and bacteria in your teeth. There are measures that you can take in order to address this problem.

  1. Dental scaling. Dental scaling is done using a combination of manual hand instruments and ultrasonic instruments. After thoroughly examining your mouth, your dentist uses the ultrasonic scaling device to remove the plaque buildup and tartar from the tooth’s surface as well as underneath your gum line. He may use a manual instrument to get rid of any remainders.
  2. Root planing. Root planing is a procedure that involves detailed scaling of your root surface. This is done to reduce the inflammation occurring on the gum tissue. Your dentist will scale the root surface in order to smoothen out any rough target areas, thereby eliminating both plaque as well as biofilm development.
  3. Gum grafting. There are three kinds of gum grafting procedures available: connective-tissue grafts (wherein tissue from your mouth’s roof flap is taken out then stitched over exposed roots), gingival grafts (tissue is directly taken from your palate), and pedicle grafts (tissue that is adjacent to your tooth is used to perform the repair procedure).

These procedures are important because they halt gum recession and keep you from developing further bone loss, as well as decrease tooth sensitivity and acts as a protection against root decay. It is best to consult with your dentist regarding which treatment option is best for you.

Looking for a dentist to consult with regarding gum disease? Call us today at (734) 421-2675 so we can recommend the right gum disease treatment for you.