You can read historical accounts of the quality of health and dental care from hundreds of years ago and have no doubt why everyone seemed to be toothless. Poor food sources and a lack of understanding about oral health was more than enough. Fortunately in our time, the treatment of gum disease has improved dramatically. There is no longer any reason for the symptoms of gum disease to cause tooth loss and other dental problems. However each person has his or her own way of thinking and choosing to treat gum disease. If you are every faced with any type of gum disease problem, now you’ll know what can be done to restore your teeth and gum health.
- scaling and root planting
- gum regeneration
- soft tissue graft
The scaling and root planting procedure is the least invasive of the gum disease treatments. The dentist will take great care in deep cleaning the teeth and gums, paying special attention to the newly exposed tooth material due to receding gums. Once all of the gum disease causing bacteria has been eliminated, the rough, damaged surface of the tooth is smoothed. The dentist may choose to apply a topical antibiotic gum disease medication to the gums. The hope is with the infection gone, the gums will grow back to their original position and the gum disease symptoms will disappear.
Gum regeneration is commonly used to treat everything from red, inflamed gums to bleeding gums and the other signs of gum disease. Like scaling and root planting, this procedure is done after all traces of the gum disease infection have been removed. At that point, a topical gum disease medication is applied to the damaged gums. This medication is either a synthetic or a medicine produced directly from the patient’s DNA. Once again, the hope is the gums will respond well and regrowth can happen.
Soft tissue grafts are used when the damage from gum disease can’t be treated any other way except tooth extraction. This gum disease treatment is exactly what it sounds like. The dentist will harvest healthy gum and soft tissue skin from various other places in the mouth and attempt to graft them over the damaged tissue. This gum disease treatment may require several sessions to fully be effective.
With the advent of good treatment of gum disease, people have enjoyed keeping their teeth longer and more healthfully. Let OraMD be a part of ensuring your gums health and keeping gum disease at bay.