Gum Disease Treatment
Treatment of gum disease is decided depending upon the severity of the gum disease.
1) Non surgical gum treatment / scaling.
A milder form of gum disease associated with bleeding gums, bad breath or stains and tartar can be treated by scaling and root planning. In this procedure a deep cleaning is done to remove plaque and tartar from the surface of teeth as well as their roots below the gum line. This makes it more difficult for the harmful bacteria to stick to the teeth.
2) Gum Surgery.Gums if not treated for milder gum disease may progress to more severe form of gum disease that can cause the loss of bone, tissues, mobility of teeth and ultimately tooth loss. Depending upon the type of disease one or more following surgical treatments may be recommended.
» Pocket Depth Reduction - Receding gums cause the gums to pull away from the teeth creating gaps or pockets. These pockets are occupied by harmful bacteria that can destroy bone and tissues. In this procedure dentist repositions the gums surgically so that the gums hold the tooth roots tightly and the gaps or pockets no longer exist.
» Regeneration - Bone and tissue lost in extreme case of gum disease may require to be regenerated. This is done by surgically adding the regenerating material between the gums. This provides the stimulus for formation of new healthy tissue and bone.
» Soft Tissue grafts / Connective tissue Grafts -A gum tissue is taken from your palate or any other source and is used to cover one or more exposed roots and help restore the gum line. This reverses serious gum diseases.