If you've been diagnosed with gum disease, there are a variety of treatment options depending on the details of your situation and the severity of the problem. We always start with the least invasive options, which are non-surgical. However, in more serious cases, surgery may be necessary.
The first line of defense against gum disease is a unique type of cleaning called scaling and root planing. In this procedure, an ultrasonic cleaning device is used to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth under the gumline and around the root. Then, the rough surface of the tooth and the root are smoothed out. This provides a healthy, clean surface that makes it easier for the gum tissue to reattach to the tooth.
If you address your gum disease before it becomes severe, scaling and root planing may be the only treatment you need. However, as with any dental procedure, after-care is vital. In order to keep your teeth in good shape and prevent gum disease from progressing, you must brush and floss daily, avoid tobacco use and have dental cleanings every three or four months. Even after a successful scaling and root planing, if you don't attend to your teeth properly, it's quite likely that your gum disease will get worse.
Surgical Treatment Options
If the tissue or bone surrounding your teeth is too damaged to be repaired with non-surgical treatment, several surgical procedures are available to prevent severe damage and to restore a healthy smile. If we feel you need surgical intervention, we will refer you to a periodontist for a consultation.