What Are My Options for Gum Disease Treatment?

THE BAD NEWS: You’ve been to the dentist and have been diagnosed with gum disease.
THE GOOD NEWS: It’s not the end of the world.

Depending on the severity, gum disease (also known as periodontal disease or periodontitis) can be managed through non-surgical dental treatment and consistent good dental habits.

Non-surgical treatment is the most cost-effective and least invasive way to treat and manage gum disease. Unless your dentist recommends otherwise due to the severity of the condition, this should be the first option to consider.

Non-surgical treatment for periodontal/gum disease

Here are some non-surgical options your dentist will offer should you need to treat gum disease:

Scaling and polishing

Also known as teeth cleaning or dental prophylaxis, dental scaling is a procedure that plaque and tartar (also known as calculus) from the crowns and roots of your teeth. Polishing follows after, removing stains from your teeth’s enamel that are commonly caused by foods such as wine or coffee. Dental scaling and polishing are extremely useful in helping to halt the progression of gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) into periodontitis.

Deep cleaning and root planing

Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning below the gumline used to treat gum disease. This option is considered when the pockets between your gum and teeth are too deep, and if your dentist finds plaque and tartar in the pockets.

First, plaque and tartar are removed via scaling above and below the gumline, all the way down to the bottom of your teeth’s pockets to ensure thorough cleaning. This is followed by planing, a procedure that smoothens out the roots and help your gums reattach toyour teeth. Local anesthesia is likely to be administered. Deep cleaning and root planing may require more than one session.

Oral medication

In conjunction with the appropriate dental treatment, your dentist may also prescribe a course of antibiotics to reduce or eliminate the bacteria that causes gum disease as well as suppress the degeneration of your teeth’s attachment to the bone. You may also be offered an antimicrobial mouthwash to help control the development of plaque and gingivitis.

When do you need surgical treatment for gum disease?

Surgical treatment is offered for advanced periodontitis or when gum disease has advanced to a stage where damage to the gums and bones are severe. If you have any concerns, plan a visit to the dentist as soon as possible for a check-up.

At G Dental, we are dedicated to helping you understand your periodontal or gum disease and all available treatment options. Contact us or make an appointment for a consultation at our clinic today.

Prevention is always better than cure!

Good dental habits, such as regular brushing at least twice a day and flossing, are imperative and necessary for healthy gums and teeth. Cutting back on sugary foods and drinks make a significant difference to your gum health too.