Gum Disease Treatment

Periodontal disease is more commonly referred to as gum disease and there are a variety of potential treatments depending on how the disease has progressed. If periodontal disease is caught early enough than the treatment will likely be non-surgical and focus more on preventing further gum damage. These treatments and solutions include professional cleaning, where your dentist will remove the plaque and tartar from your gum line. It is recommended that you get your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year, more if you are showing signs of gum disease. Cleaning will not cure periodontal disease, but it can help prevent it.

Other preventive treatments include scaling, which is a routine procedure done with a local anesthetic and involves removing plaque and tarter build-up from below the gum line. This can smooth out the surface of your teeth and help your gums re-attach. For more severe periodontal disease, you may have to consider surgical treatment and there are several options. For example if you have severe periodontal disease, you may need a bone graft which involves using fragments of bone to replace damaged or destroyed jaw bone and help restore stability to your teeth. Similarly a soft tissue graft takes tissue from the top of your mouth and adds it to your gums, helping reinforce thinning gums and hopefully reverse the effects of periodontal disease. These are among a few of the options available for treating periodontal disease and your dentist will help you decide on the best, least-invasive form of treatment depending on your individual needs.



Below are some of the more common Periodontal Disease Treatments that we offer in Elk Grove:


Pocket Irrigation

Pocket irrigation is a simple procedure that involves the use of pressurized water to clean hard-to-reach areas between teeth and under the gumline. Pocket irrigation can remove plaque and other debris from these areas and clean out the gum pockets (the space below the gum line between the gums and the teeth). This procedure can help prevent cavities from forming in the smallest spaces in your mouth as well as keeping gums clean, healthy, and unaffected by disease. Gum disease can occur when the gums become inflamed and is marked by redness, swelling, and discomfort. Pocket irrigation is a simple and effective solution to cleaning sensitive areas around and under the gums without inflicting pain or using invasive methods. Besides a deep cleaning of the gum pockets, pocket irrigation can help aid in the elimination of bad breath since halitosis is often caused by bacteria and microscopic food particles that can become trapped in places hard to reach with a toothbrush. When these spaces start to form plaque, irrigation can eliminate it. Occasionally, water alone is not enough to eradicate more stubborn plaque or food particles and medication can be applied to the pressurized spray to enhance results without complicating the procedure.


Dental Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a dental procedure that can aid patients in a couple of different ways. Crown lengthening involves the pulling back of the gum line to expose more of the tooth. This is sometimes done for cosmetic reasons. Some people have gums that take up more space than others and those who desire a smile that shows more teeth and shorter gums, crown lengthening can achieve that goal. Crown lengthening may also be employed when a patient is receiving an artificial crown and the dentist feels more tooth surface needs to be exposed to ensure ultimate security for the artificial addition. If a tooth is too short because of excessive gums or breakage, lengthening of the crown by shortening the gums can make sure that an artificial crown has more tooth to hold on to and will, therefore, stay securely in place. This procedure is a little more invasive than some other dental procedures we offer and requires some recovery time. As always, we perform each and every one of our procedures with the gentlest of care but it is important to make sure you understand aftercare for optimal results. Your dentist will be sure to go over what you need to do to keep your gums and mouth clean and healthy for a speedy recovery.


Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and root planing can most easily be described as a deep cleaning of the teeth–including all surfaces of each tooth, between the teeth and under the gumline. Usually, for this type of cleaning procedure, your dentist will numb the most sensitive areas of your mouth since some patients may find the use of the scaling tool to be somewhat uncomfortable. Your dentist may choose to use a traditional hand scaler, an ultrasonic mechanical scaler or both. The ultrasonic scaler vibrates to allow the tool to very effectively remove tartar from the teeth. Root planing refers directly to the cleaning of the tooth surface below the gum lines. This process of deep cleaning can eliminate tartar that has built up in the hardest to reach areas of the mouth that are extremely difficult to reach with normal brushing. If tartar has begun to form in the gum pockets, it can cause them to expand in size and lead to gum disease. Irrigation of some form is also involved during a scaling and root planing procedure. Almost everyone can benefit from a scaling and root planing here and there but some may require more frequent scalings. Your dentist can let you know when a scaling and root planing may be most advantageous.


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The best way to make sure your oral health is in tip-top shape is to stop by Laguna Vista Dental for regular check-ups. Dr. Fenton would love to sit down with you and discuss your dental needs. Click below to request an appointment online, or you can call right now at (916) 684-3105.