Gum treatment is the treatment of active gum
and jaw bone disease. The treatment can slow or stop the
progression of the disease. Since there are different stages
of gum disease (from gingivitis to advanced periodontitis),
there are different levels of treatment. In some cases, the
patient may be referred to a specialist.
Gum treatment consists of one or more of the following procedures,
depending on the individual case:
Scaling and Root Planing
|Scaling and Root Planing is a common non-surgical treatment
for periodontal disease. By using special instruments,
we remove bacteria and infection from the unhealthy deep
pockets around the teeth below the gum line. This is often
referred to as a "deep cleaning".
|First the tooth is scaled to remove the plaque
and tarter that has accumulated on the tooth.
|Then the root is planed or smoothed. This eliminates
any rough areas on the root that can easily trap plaque
A smooth clean root provides a healthy environment to allow
the gums to heal naturally and reattach to the tooth. This
will create a reduced pocket, therefore eliminating areas
for bacteria to hide and cause further disease.
Scaling and Root Planing combined with a strict home care
routine and more frequent periodontal cleanings and exams
will increase your chances of keeping your natural smile.
|Recent advances in periodontal treatment allow
us to now place medications directly at the site
of infection. One of the most commonly used medications
of this kind is Atridox.
This is often used in conjunction with scaling and
root planing. In addition, an antimicrobial rinse
is sometimes used after some procedures.
new medication called Periostat®
has been developed specifically to combat periodontal infection
by bolstering your body's immune response to bacteria that
cause periodontal disease. Your dentist
will evaluate your specific case to see if Periostat®
is right for you.
between dental visits, Peridex is a prescription mouth rinse
that reduces the redness, swelling and bleeding of gums caused
by gingivitis. With a pleasant herbal mint taste, Peridex
continues to work even after rinsing because one third of
its active ingredient chlorhexidine gluconate
binds to oral surfaces and is slowly released into oral fluids.
Strict Home Care Regimen
A home care routine specific to the patient's individual
needs may be prepared to prevent the patient from relapsing.