It’s September and do you know what that means? It’s National Gum Care Month so it’s a great time to learn more about periodontal disease and gum disease treatment. First, it’s important to keep in mind that gum disease is easily preventable with regular brushing, flossing and check-ups with a dental professional. However, if you’ve recently been diagnosed, it may be helpful to get a better understanding of your options.
A deep cleaning may involve scaling or root planning depending on the details of your case. Your periodontist will scrape the built up plaque, also known as tarter, from all sides of the gum line. Afterwards, it may be prudent to do root planning to get rid of any rough areas on tooth roots. Essentially, the dental professional will physically remove the various sources of plaque and bacteria. Some cases are ideal for laser cleaning, which can be more precise and cause less discomfort.
Because bacteria infections cause periodontal disease, some cases receive treatment with medication in addition to deep cleanings or surgery. Possible treatments can include:
- Antibiotic gel
- Enzyme suppressant
- Oral antibiotics
- Antiseptic chip
- Antibiotic microspheres
- Prescription antimicrobial mouth rinse
Most of these prescriptions will be short-term treatments while the periodontist gets the disease under control.
Surgical treatments are a last result and are only reserved for the most advanced cases of periodontal disease. The two major surgical categories are:
- Flap surgery: The surgeon removes deep tartar from beneath the gum line. The surgeons suture the tissue into place afterwards.
- Bone and tissue grafts: To encourage regeneration, surgeons place natural or synthetic bone in an area of significant bone or tissue loss.
Learn More About Gum Disease Treatment
If you think you may have gum disease or want more information on treatment and prevention, contact your local periodontist in Phoenix, AZ. You can give Dr. Brian Lilien a call to set up an appointment and begin making the most of your National Gum Care Month!