Non-Surgical Gum Therapy
Gum disease doesn’t spring up overnight—it progresses slowly, and until it progresses to a severe state you will not even realise you have it! Left untreated, gum disease can lead to larger issues, including tooth loss. Gum disease can happen even if you are vigilant about flossing, brushing and taking care of your teeth, which is why it is so important to get routine dental check-ups. Gum disease is linked to such diseases as heart attack, stroke, type II diabetes, pancreatic cancer, lung infections, alzheimer, dementia and low birth weight. Bleeding gums are an open portal for infective bacteria into your blood stream.
Gum Disease Treatment Therapies
Should your dental visit indicate the presence of gum disease, 22nd @ Taylor Dental will work with you develop an appropriate treatment plan. Depending on the disease’s severity, it may be necessary to consider more aggressive therapies that move beyond the surface of the teeth and below the gum line. For example, if there is a large amount of bacteria or plaque that is accumulating below the gum line, 22nd @ Taylor Dental may suggest specific medications administered at the disease site, or additional treatments like curettage and laser therapy.
Curettage is the name for the procedure where diseased soft tissue is removed from around the tooth. By removing the diseased tissue, we are removing a source of chronic infection and irritation and allowing proper healing to occur.
Using a laser will firstly reduce bacteria levels and secondly promote the repairative cells in our body to help reduce inflammation and tighten the gums to keep the bacteria out of the bloodstream.
And if you are sensitive or have had bad experiences with previous dental cleanings let our hygienists know and appropriate measures will be taken. Local anesthesia is many times suggested as a way to minimize any discomfort, but other options are available. After the procedure is complete, our hygiene team will demonstrate the things you can do at home to maintain the oral gains created by your recent procedure. Over your next several appointments, 22nd @ Taylor Dental will assess your current state of gum disease before working with you to determine if additional steps are necessary.
If your gum disease does not respond to normal therapies, we may recommend a consultation with a periodontist who specializes in gum disease-related surgery. For especially aggressive cases of gum disease, surgery may offer the best prognosis that allows for the gum and bone to fully heal.