When people develop poor oral hygiene habits, they put themselves at risk of developing gum disease, which is an infection of the tissues that surround and support the teeth. A buildup of plaque is usually the cause of gum disease and can ultimately lead to tooth loss in adults if not properly treated. While treatment varies depending on the severity of the gum disease, there are options available to Californians suffering from gum disease.
The goal of gum disease treatment is to thoroughly clean the pockets around the teeth and prevent damage to the surrounding bones. There are nonsurgical treatments, surgical treatments, and home remedies, and the dentists at McBride Dental can help you protect your teeth and smile.
For patients who don’t have severe gum disease, advanced treatment isn’t always necessary and dentists can use less invasive procedures such as scaling, root planning, or antibiotics.
Scaling eliminates tartar and bacteria from the tooth surfaces and beneath the gums. Dentists use a laser, ultrasonic device, or another specialized instrument to complete this procedure.
Root planning prevents further buildup of tartar and bacteria by smoothing the root surfaces. It also eliminates bacterial byproducts that cause inflammation and disable healing.
Dentists can also prescribe either oral or topical antibiotics to will help control bacterial infection. Topical antibiotics could be a mouth rinse or an insertion of gels filled with antibiotics that must be inserted in between the teeth.
California patients who have advanced gum disease could require surgical treatment, which consists of flap surgery, soft tissue grafts, bone grafting, guided tissue regeneration, and tissue-stimulating proteins.
During flap surgery, tiny incisions are made in the gum to lift a section of the gum back for more effective scaling and root planning.
Through a soft tissue graft, a small amount of tissue is removed from the roof of the mouth and attached to the affected site. This process reduces future gum recession and covers the exposed roots. Dentists use this method when patients have receding gum lines.
Bone grafting must be performed when gum disease has destroyed the bone surrounding the tooth root. The bone graft prevents future tooth loss by holding the tooth into place and contributes to bone regrowth. Small pieces of the patient’s bone or synthetic bone can be used for the bone graft.
Guided tissue regeneration helps the regrowth of bone that bacteria may have damaged. A piece of biocompatible fabric will be placed between the current bone and the tooth. This material stops excess tissue from interfering with the healing area, ultimately enabling bone regrowth.
Finally, tissue-stimulating proteins are utilized when a specialized gel containing the same proteins found in tooth enamel is applied to the infected tooth root. This procedure stimulates healthy bone and tissue growth and can help repair the damage.
At McBride Dental, we offer a variety of gum disease treatments tailored towards each individual’s needs. Depending on the severity of the damage, we offer deep cleanings, gum surgery, antibiotics, and more. Our ultimate goal is to help restore oral health and prevent the disease from further development. If you, or someone you know, is concerned about possibly having gum disease, call 760-471-1003 to schedule an appointment.