Gum disease treatment
Gum treatment is needed by those who are suffering either from gingivitis or periodontal disease.
Gum disease that is affecting the surface is known as gingivitis. If it is left unchecked and untreated, it will progress into periodontal disease.
Treatment for gum disease can slow down or even stop the advancement of gum disease. The treatment for these conditions will depend upon the progression of it. Once the gum disease goes beyond the surface, it will begin to attack the gum and the jaw bone. This is what is known as periodontal disease and it will require a different levels of treatment. Occasionally a client may need to be referred to a specialist.
Gum treatments will usually consist of one or more of the following processes, depending on what condition the patient has:
Gum Treatment for Gingivitis
Gingivitis is when there is inflammation of the area immediately around the teeth. It can be caused by dental plaque not being cleared away properly over a period of two weeks or more. The symptoms will be red swollen gums that are sore and bleed easily (even with just tooth-brushing). You may notice an unpleasant taste or odour.
Treatment consists of removing the soft and hard plaque by the dentist or dental hygienist. It is then necessary for the patient to keep the gums free of all plaque through the use of efficient tooth brushing, flossing and mouthwashes. The condition will resolve over a period of two weeks.
Scaling and root surface debridement for Periodontal Disease
This treatment is non-surgical and fairly commonly used for periodontal disease. Using a variety of special instruments, the dentist will remove bacteria and infection from deep pockets that have developed around the teeth below the line of the gum. This is sometimes known as ‘deep cleaning’. The tooth is usually scaled to remove plaque that has built up on it. Then the root may need to be smoothed or planed to remove any rough areas that may trap more bacteria and plaque.
In addition to scaling and root planing, the patient will need to adopt a strict home care routine along with more periodontal cleanings. Once these have been established, then there is a good chance that you will be able to maintain your natural smile.
Strict home care
A strict home care plan set by the dentist will allow the client to keep their teeth and gums clean, with the hope of improving their chances of keeping their smile.
Contact us on 01280 703125 and make an appointment and we'd be happy to advise you on the best treatment for your gums.