Gum Treatment

Gum Treatment

Gum treatment refers to the various procedures and interventions aimed at diagnosing, preventing, and treating gum diseases that affect the teeth’s supporting structures, such as the gums, periodontal ligament, and jawbone. They are performed by professionals, such as periodontists or general dentists with expertise in gum health.

Common components of gum treatment:

Deep Cleaning (Scaling and Root Planing)
It focuses on removing plaque, tartar, and bacteria from below the gum line and smoothening the tooth roots to promote gum reattachment and prevent infection.
Gum Surgery
In cases of advanced gum disease or when non-surgical treatments are ineffective, gum surgery may be recommended. This can include procedures like flap surgery, periodontal grafts, bone grafts, or guided tissue regeneration.
Antibiotics and Medications
Antibiotics may be prescribed to help control bacterial infection and inflammation associated with gum disease. Medications such as antimicrobial mouth rinses or topical gels may also be used to aid in gum healing.
Gum problem treatment

When does one need gum treatment?

Here are some indications that a person needs gum disease treatment:

Gingivitis:  If you have gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease characterized by bleeding and inflamed gums, gum treatment is required to prevent its progression.
Periodontitis: It is an advanced gum disease where the infection has reached the supporting structures of one’s teeth. Gum treatment becomes necessary to control the infection, stop further damage, and manage the condition.
Deep gum pockets:  When there are deep pockets between the gums and teeth, regular cleaning methods may not effectively remove plaque and tartar. Gum treatment, such as scaling and root planing, can help clean these deep pockets and promote gum health.
Gum recession:  Receding gums expose the tooth roots causing sensitivity and an increased vulnerability to decay. Gum treatment, such as periodontal grafting, may be necessary to restore gum tissue and protect the exposed tooth roots.
Loose teeth or tooth loss:  Gum disease can weaken the supporting structures of the teeth, leading to loose teeth or even tooth loss. Gum treatment may involve procedures like gum surgery or bone grafting to stabilize the teeth.
Persistent bad breath: Chronic bad breath that persists despite regular oral hygiene practices may be a sign of gum disease. Gum treatment can address the underlying infection and eliminate the source of bad breath.

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What are the advantages of gum disease treatment?

Gum treatment helps stop the progression of gum disease, preventing further damage to the gums, periodontal ligaments, and jawbone. By addressing the underlying infection and inflammation, gum treatment promotes healing and stabilizes the condition.

Gum recession and gum disease can expose the sensitive tooth roots, leading to increased sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet stimuli. Gum treatment, such as periodontal grafting can reduce tooth sensitivity.

Gum treatment helps preserve the integrity of the teeth’s supporting structures, including the gums, periodontal ligaments, and jawbone. This helps maintain a strong foundation for the teeth, ensuring their stability and function.