Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, damages the soft tissue in your mouth. Without proper treatment, it can even affect the bone that supports your teeth and eventually lead to your teeth becoming loose and falling out. There are various treatments available to make your mouth healthy again, however, and these are classified into either surgical or non-surgical treatments. In the case of suspected gum disease, an immediate checkup is very important and at Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona we can help you address and treat it promptly.
Non-surgical treatments are often considered before surgical treatments, but they do have some limitations to it. However, when non-surgical treatments are not able to achieve the desired results, we have to go with the surgical options for our patients.
We will first perform perioscopy, which is a nonsurgical procedure using a small camera that lights up and magnifies the area we are looking at so we can get a closer look at your mouth and gums.
While performing the major non-surgical method of treatment called scaling and root planing, our professionals clean the surface of the root of your tooth to remove calculus, hard tartar, and plaque from the pockets of your gum disease. We will also remove the rough surface from the root and take away toxic bacteria from your teeth.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), after this treatment, most people do not need any more active treatments. However, most treatment recipients do need continued maintenance to keep their mouths healthy.
There are many available surgical treatments for gum disease. One treatment option is gum graft surgery. This surgery repairs the infected gums and helps prevent further infection, disease, and bone loss. The procedure for this surgery involves our professionals taking tissue from a different part of your mouth or another source entirely, which will depend on the quality of your soft tissue and the absence of disease in the rest of your gums. This can be done for several teeth or just one and will help both you and your mouth stay healthy.
Another common surgical treatment for gum disease is periodontal pocket reduction. This treatment could be explained by first describing what happens when you become a victim of gum disease. Normally your bone and gum tissue fit tightly around the rest of your teeth, similar to a sleeve. However, when you have gum disease, this supporting tissue and bone are damaged. This could lead to the formation of "pockets" around your teeth. These pockets will gradually become deeper, providing a place for the bacteria to live in.
When performing the periodontal pocket reduction surgery, our professionals fold back your gums. Then we will remove the bacteria from the site before securing the tissue back into place. This will help allow your gums to better secure itself to the healthy bone. It is important to note that reducing the depth of your dental pockets and removing any existing bacteria does not fully eliminate the disease or the recurrence of the disease in your teeth.
Other surgical treatments we perform for gum disease include crown lengthening, laser surgery, periodontal plastic and reconstructive surgery, gingivectomies, and surgically facilitated orthodontic therapy (SFOT).
As stated, these are not the only treatments available for gum disease, and the type of treatment you need - whether it is surgical or non-surgical - can be decided only after we take a look at your condition and determine the severity of the disease. For any further assistance and to set up an appointment with us, please reach out to us at Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona by calling (480) 504-0506 today.