Gum Treatment

Taking care of your teeth is necessary if you want to keep them healthy for as long as possible. Brushing your teeth regularly will play a vital role in your overall oral health. Keep on reading to know more about gum disease and treatment options.
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Gum Treatment

What is Gum Disease?

It starts when food gets stuck in the teeth and mixes with saliva. From there, bacteria grows and plaque starts to build up. In most cases, periodontal disease starts from gingivitis.

A typical sign of gingivitis is when the gums are red and swollen. They also bleed when brushed or flossed. This serves as a warning sign that periodontitis can happen if bad hygiene practices are continued. It affects the surrounding tissues and the bones holding the teeth in place. If no dental intervention is done, it can progress to slight, moderate, and advanced gum disease.

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What Are Possible Gum Treatments Available?

When you consult with a dental professional, they will conduct a thorough assessment of the overall health of your mouth and teeth. The treatment that your dentist will recommend will be based on the severity of your gum disease, how your mouth and teeth reacted to prior treatments, and the overall state of your health.

The gum treatments vary from non-surgical to surgical procedures. Non-surgical options are focused on minimizing bacterial growth to prevent further plaque build-up and tooth decay. Surgical gum treatment options are focused on the restoration of tissues and bones holding the teeth in place.

What Are Non-Surgical Gum Treatment Options?

It is best to book an appointment with the dentist when you notice unusual changes including red, swollen, and bleeding gums. Your dentist may opt to manage that with non-surgical options including the following:

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Dental Cleaning

When you visit the dentist, this is one of the basic dental procedures that you can get done. This is vital in removing plaque and tartar to avoid dental caries from forming. If your teeth are left uncleaned, this can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Your dentist may recommend that you get a professional dental cleaning at least twice a year.

Scaling and Root Planing

This is a much more comprehensive teeth cleaning process. It is done to remove hardened tartar and plaque. Your dentist will use local anesthesia so that you will not feel any discomfort.
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What Are Surgical Gum Treatment Options?

When the gum disease has progressed, that’s when a dentist will opt to do one of the many surgical options available:
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Bone Grafts

For this procedure, your dentist may opt to use a donated bone, a synthetic bone, or your own bone. When you have advanced periodontal disease that has already eaten its way to your bones, bone grafts can replace or help your bone regrow. Another procedure called tissue engineering can be utilized to allow your body to create its own tissues and bones at a rapid rate.

Flap Surgery

One of the options that your dentist can consider is flap surgery. What happens here is that your gums will be lifted and hardened tartar will be removed. Your dentist can also smoothen out irregularities. This limits the places that germs can hide. This can minimize the chances of serious dental health problems.
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Guided Tissue Regeneration

When gum disease is severe it can destroy the bone supporting all your teeth. Guided tissue regeneration stimulates the gum tissue and bone growth. This can be done along with flap surgery.

Note that these are only a few of the gum treatments that a dental professional can do. We recommend that you consult with a qualified dentist to know the overall state of your gum disease. They are also the ones who can tell whether non-surgical procedures are still an option for you.

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