Gum Disease Treatment

Surgical and Non-Surgical Gum Treatment Options

Gum disease can be a challenging oral health problem that can lead to infection, tissue decay and tooth loss. The disease begins with gingivitis, which is easily remedied if caught early. If plaque build-up is allowed to progress, however, it can lead to more advanced stages of the disease, which can cause more serious damage to the gum and bone tissue.

Gum disease can be caused by a number of factors including hormonal changes, poor dental hygiene, a history of the disease, regular intake of certain medications, and tobacco use. Gum treatment options are vast, ranging from non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures, such as deep teeth cleanings or scaling and planing, to more robust surgical dental procedures, like pocket reduction surgery and bone regeneration, to fully restore the health of one’s teeth and gums.

Here are a few of the surgical and non-surgical gum treatment options we offer at The Mission Implant Center:

Professional teeth cleaning:

For milder forms of gum disease, plaque and calculus can be removed by your dentist during a routine dental visit. During this procedure, your dentist will scrape and clean all traces of plaque and tartar harboring in your teeth and gums using special dental tools.

Scaling and Planing:

Scaling and root planing are two of the most common gum treatment to prevention measures used at our office. The procedures involve the thorough cleaning of debris and bacteria beneath the gum line and smoothing out of surfaces where bacteria may hide. These non-surgical procedures are effective for less advanced forms of periodontal disease.

Antibiotics:

Antibiotics are often used in conjunction with gum treatment procedures to prevent bacteria from building back up in one’s teeth and gums.

Pocket reduction surgery

: To reduce areas where disease-causing bacteria can hide, your dentist may suggest pocket reduction surgery. This procedure involves the removal of tartar from gum pockets and the replacement of your gums snugly around the tooth to eliminate areas where bacteria can fester.

Bone and tissues grafting

: Bone and tissue grafting are surgical procedures that involve sourcing tissue from another place on a person’s body or outside source, then using this live tissue to stimulate the natural growth of tissues in the gums and bone.

Guided tissue regeneration

: Guided tissue regeneration is a procedure that is often used in conjunction with other procedures, such as pocket reduction surgery, in order to stimulate the growth of tissues around the gum pocket. To guide tissue growth, a medical-grade mesh material is placed between the soft and hard tissues to limit growth to a designated area.

Bone surgery

: Bone surgery for gum disease entails the smoothing out of shallow craters on the bone that have formed as a result of bone loss. After pocket reduction surgery, the bone beneath is remolded to diminish the size of the craters and make it more difficult for bacteria to grow.

Whether you have gingivitis or a more advanced form of gum disease, we offer a number of gum treatment options at The Mission Implant Center. If you suffer from gum disease, contact our office today to see what gum treatment options are available to you.