Periodontal gum disease is an uncomfortable condition that can cause pain, swelling, and impact the gums and bone. While the condition is incredibly common, it is also preventable and treatable. One of the major concerns that people with this condition have is that it could lead to tooth loss. In order to prevent this, proper treatments should be done as soon as possible.
There are two types of therapies available: surgical and nonsurgical. Depending on the condition and stage of the disease, your dentist will be able to identify best which solution is right for you.
Antibiotics: A treatment plant of antibiotics can help treat the infection brought on by bacteria. Your doctor may prescribe topical antibiotics to rub on the gums or an oral antibiotic to totally eliminate the infection if it requires more extensive treatment.
Scaling: Scaling removes tartar and building on the teeth and just under the gums. This can be accomplished via several methods such as with instruments, lasers, or even ultrasonic devices.
Root Planing: Smoothing the root surface makes it harder for bacteria to build up and thrive. This will reduce inflammation and will promote faster healing times.
Tissue-stimulating proteins: This process involves applying a gel to the infected tooth root so that it will stimulate enamel and healthy bone and tissue growth.
Guided tissue regeneration: In the event that bone has been impacted by the disease, this process could promote regrowth. At this point, teeth may already be missing, but the creation of new bone growth could make it possible to have implants put in place.
Soft tissue grafts: Soft tissue grafts (either from the roof of your mouth or another source) will provide your teeth with a healthier foundation. The gum line is the first thing impacted, so to help it stay in place; a graft will go a long way in reducing the chances of tooth loss.
Bone grafting: Bone grafts are done to specifically keep teeth in place. The graft may include fragments of existing bone, or be a composition of a variety of materials.
How to Prevent Periodontal Gum Disease
While it is certainly beneficial to have a treatment plan, know that this disease is largely preventable. Two of the best things you can do to help yourself avoid this condition is to take care of your teeth and schedule regular visits with your dentist. You can take matters into your own hands by creating a quality oral hygiene routine, including regular flossing and brushing. You should also take care to schedule one or two dental exams per year so that your dentist can monitor an existing condition or make an early diagnosis.
One of the most important things to do when it comes to periodontal disease is to have a fast diagnosis so you can start a treatment plan right away. Doing so may be the one thing that helps avoid tooth loss and other dental issues in the future.
Periodontal disease certainly doesn’t have to be the end of the world. However, it is a condition that should be treated as soon as possible. Your oral health is a very important part of your well-being, and we are here to help. If you would like to know more about this condition or have questions about your oral health, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our trained staff is ready to answer your question and schedule you in for an exam. Reach out to us today to start down the path to a healthier smile!