Gum disease is the most prevalent disease in the United States, affecting roughly three quarters of the adult population. Many people don’t even realize they have gum disease until it has reached its most advanced form, known as periodontitis. Fortunately, modern restorative dentistry offers numerous treatments that can restore health to the delicate periodontal tissues.
At Bell Dental in Lake Jackson, gum disease treatment of the highest standard is available to our patients. It doesn’t matter whether your gums are only beginning to show the signs of gingivitis, the initial stage of gum disease, or if you require treatment for advanced gum disease. We will tailor your treatment to address your unique needs and goals and to give you the excellent oral health you deserve.
Types of Gum Disease Treatment
The type of gum disease treatment that is best suited to your case will depend on how far the disease has progressed and the amount of damage that has been done to your tissues. It is essential that you have your mouth professionally screened twice a year, even if you believe your oral health to be in perfect order. After all, the most effective treatment for gum disease is preventive treatment. If you can take preemptive action against the disease, you improve your chances of having good oral health for a lifetime.
Types of gum disease treatment include:
- Professional dental cleaning: You should supplement your brushing and flossing regimen with a professional dental cleaning every six months. This will allow our dental team to remove plaque and tartar that are impossible to remove through at-home oral hygiene routines alone, keeping the gums free from harmful bacteria.
- Scaling and root planing: Scaling involves the removal of plaque and tartar from below and above the gum line. Root planing involves the smoothening of the tooth roots to create an inhospitable environment for bacteria going forward.
- Pocket depth reduction surgery: During this procedure, our dentists pull the gums away from the teeth in order to remove bacteria buried deep beneath the gum line. The periodontal tissues are then sutured snugly back into place to ensure proper healing.
- Periodontal grafting: If gum disease has caused your gums to recede, it may be necessary to reconstruct the gums through periodontal grafting. Our dentists harvest soft tissues from elsewhere in the mouth, such as the roof of the mouth, and transplant them to the gum line.
- Dental implants: If you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, your body may already be interpreting this as a sign that the gum tissues that once supported these teeth are no longer necessary. As a result, the gums can begin to recede. Dental implants are titanium posts that allow our dentists to recreate the tooth from root to crown. Because the human body does not recognize titanium as a foreign substance, the placement of implants halts the degradation of the gums associated with missing teeth.
Learn More about Gum Disease Treatment
To learn more about gum disease treatment, or to schedule your initial consultation with one of our talented dentists, please contact Bell Dental today.