The Only Way to Save Your Teeth During Advanced Gum Disease is Treating It
Posted on 10/25/2019 by Shiv Sharma, DDS
For oral care, it can sometimes be easy to not take seriously the disease that is building in your mouth. It may start simple, like bad breath that escalates into gingivitis.
Perhaps you brush a little more, but before you know it, your gums are bleeding. And by not addressing it sooner, you now have periodontal disease and are heading to our office to find out your options.
Non-Surgical Treatments for Periodontal Disease
The first thing that needs to be done is the removal of as much of the bacteria as possible in your mouth. A deep cleaning will be the first step. Our office will first perform scaling and root planing. Our dentist will begin this procedure by scraping and removing the plaque and tartar off all of your teeth.
Next, we will use an instrument to scrape the root surfaces. Next scaling will begin by smoothing away any roughness on the roots of your teeth to prevent bacteria from gathering again. This is not a fast process and may take two visits and some anesthetic to prevent discomfort.
After attempting the scale and root plane, if the gum tissue does not fit tight around the tooth and you aren't able to keep the deep pockets in your gums free of bacteria. The next option is what's called periodontal pocket reduction. It's just like it sounds. Folding back the gum tissue, our dentist will remove infection while smoothing areas of the damaged bone, leaving the healthy gum tissue to reattach.
If that doesn't work, the next option to combat the disease is a gum graft. The infection will be cut out and they will stitch a healthy piece of tissue from another part of your mouth. This protects your root from decay and stops further gum recession.
If you have any bone issues in the tooth from the disease like cracks or decay, our dentist will remove all bacteria and place bone in the affected area. We will apply tissue stimulating proteins to help your body effectively regrow bone and tissue. Our office is experienced in gum disease care. Call today to schedule an appointment so we can actively take place in your oral care.
Our office proudly offers a variety of services to help you achieve your best smile at any age. Give us a call at (650) 250-4350 and let us help you find the right approach for your dental solution.
2875 Middlefield Rd Suite #1 Palo Alto, CA94306-2548