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Treatments for gum disease: what is the best option?

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 11:02:42 AM by Jeff Rubel

Treatments for gum disease: what is the best option? | Coral West DentalGum disease is an unfortunate condition that can range in severity and worsen rapidly. There are many causes, and many ways that you can avoid the onset of gum disease. If you’re already dealing with some form of the disease, you may be wondering what the best method of treatment would be. There are several options, from at home care to surgical procedures, and the severity of your disease will likely be the deciding factor for you.

If you are in the beginning stages of gingivitis, which is basically inflammation of the gums, you should be able to handle the issue at home for the most part. A good oral care routine is the best step you can take to stop gingivitis in its tracks. Brush your teeth at least twice each day with fluoride toothpaste. This will help to rid your teeth of plaque buildup on the surface. Plaque is a combination of bacteria, mucus, and food particles that gathers on teeth. If left untouched, plaque can harden into tartar, which is incredibly difficult to get rid of, and usually requires a professional cleaning from a dentist.

You should also floss your teeth every single day. This is something most people don’t think to do, but it’s incredibly important to eliminate the plaque buildup in the places that your toothbrush can’t reach in between your teeth. Another line of defense is mouthwash, which can work its way into the most hard to reach places.

Visiting your dentist twice a year is also advised, not only for gum disease prevention and treatment, but simply to keep teeth and gums as healthy as possible. A professional cleaning can rid your teeth of tartar buildup, which will prevent further damage to gums and teeth. Your dentist will also be able to determine if you have any health risks during your exam. A twice yearly dental exam is often key in early detection of a variety of diseases.

If your gingivitis has progressed into a more severe form of gum disease known as periodontitis, you may need a more aggressive method of treatment. Scraping and root planing is a non-surgical procedure done with local anesthesia that removes plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line and smoothes out rough spots on the tooth root. This removes bacteria and creates a smooth surface for gums to reattach to the teeth. 

There are many surgical options that your dentist may consider to deal with your periodontitis as well. Flap surgery, also known as pocket reduction surgery, is a process where the gums are lifted back and tartar is removed. Bone grafts may be used to replace bone that has been destroyed by gum disease. Soft tissue grafts are an option to reinforce thin gums or fill in places where gums have receded. Guided tissue regeneration is an option when the bone supporting your teeth has been destroyed. The procedure stimulates bone and gum tissue growth.

As you can see, there are many possibilities when it comes to treating gum disease. If you feel that any of these procedures may be needed in your case, speak with your dentist to discuss your options. It’s important to deal with a dentist that you trust and feel has your best interest in mind. Discuss any questions or concerns that you may have before making your decision. Treating your gum disease in the best way possible is essential in preventing further deterioration that may eventually result in tooth loss. The health of your teeth and gums is certainly worth saving by whatever means necessary.

If you are not quite sure if you have gum disease, or to simply read more on this topic, download our free eBook "7 Step Checklist to Determine if You Have Gum Disease".

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