If your dentist, Dr. Brittany Greer, said you have gum disease, then your smile could be in grave danger. This disease is a serious and dangerous dental issue that can severely harm your oral health. Now, before you panic, our dental team has some good news. Fortunately, there are treatments that can help you restore your smile and oral health. Typically, at the early stages of the disease, non-surgical treatments are beneficial while surgical treatments are needed at the last stages of the disease.
Non-surgical treatments include scaling and root planing treatment and periodontal maintenance. Scaling and root planing involves your dentist removing the plaque and tartar from underneath the gums. Then, he will smooth the root surfaces to allow the gums to reattach and to promote healing. If needed, antibiotics will be placed in the gum pockets to help the healing process along. Periodontal maintenance involves frequent dental appointments that include specialized deep cleanings to keep gum disease at bay.
The surgical treatments available include pocket depth reduction, regeneration, and soft tissue grafts. Pocket depth reduction involves your dentist opening the gums and washing the bacteria away from the area. If necessary, your dentist will recontour the bone and roots to help the tissues reattach. The treatment also involves repositioning the gums so it’s easier to keep them clean and pristine. Regeneration involves your dentist cleaning the gums and using bone grafts, membranes, or tissue-stimulating proteins to restore the tissue. Soft tissue grafts involve your dentist taking tissue from another area of your mouth (the palate) and placing it over the tooth roots to treat the receding gums.
For more information and details about how to treat gum disease in Cleveland, Texas, please contact Cleveland Dental Associates at 281-592-5865 and talk to a member of our dental team. The more you know, the better, so we are more than happy to give you the answers you’re looking for.