Three Ways Your Dentist Can Treat Gum Disease

Gum Disease Boca Raton, FL

Gum disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when the gums become irritated, inflamed, and weakened due to poor oral hygiene, dietary choices, and infrequent dental visits. Dentists can help treat gum disease in various ways, and the ultimate goal is to prevent gum disease long-term. 

How gum disease can be treated by a licensed dentist

The type of gum disease treatment that a patient needs depends on how much the disease has progressed. Three of the most common types of gum disease treatments that dentists recommend are at-home improvements in oral care, scaling and root planing, and flap surgery.

Improvements in oral care

The early stages of gum disease may not require an in-office dental procedure to treat. While, of course, regular dental cleaning is important to remove plaque and tartar build-up along the gum line, gum disease can often be reversed in the early stages through improvements in the patient’s oral care routine and diet. 

For example, after examining the patient’s gum health and regular brushing, flossing, and diet routines, they may recommend the patient brush the gums in a more proper way twice each day and use a mouthwash daily to kill bacteria inside the mouth. They may also recommend limiting the consumption of sugar, starch, and other carbohydrates. 

Scaling and root planing

Scaling and root planing, which is often called a deep dental cleaning, is a relatively common and minimally invasive dental procedure. This is not a surgical procedure and can be performed in the dentist’s office. The purpose of scaling and root planing is to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar that accumulates and builds up beneath the gum line. 

This is primarily for patients that have periodontitis, a progressive form of gum disease. The procedure takes place in two parts, which are scaling followed by root planing. The procedure may only require a single dental visit, although many dentists require a follow-up visit to adequately clean all sections of the mouth. 

Flap surgery

Flap surgery is typically reserved for patients with a very severe form of gum disease. This procedure involves lifting the gums away to access the underlying area of teeth where bacteria and plaque have accumulated. They can also reshape the jawbone during this procedure as well. Once the cleaning is finished, the dentist can reattach the gums by stitching them in place around teeth. It may not sound all that pleasant, but flap surgery is relatively routine for many dentists and oral surgeons and the risks are minor, making it an overall safe procedure for patients with gum disease. 

Are you interested in gum disease treatment? 

If you are interested in gum disease treatment due to signs of gum disease you may have, then consult with our practice to set up a visit. We take pride in helping those within our local community overcome their gum disease and keep a healthy and beautiful smile for decades to come, avoiding the need for more extensive and costly procedures in the future.

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