Ways to Treat Gum Disease
If you have tender or bleeding gums, then you may be one of the many Americans who have gum disease. Gum disease is a common infection caused by bacteria. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, left untreated will cause the tooth and the gums to separate and lead to further complications. If you are suffering from a form of gum disease, read on to learn about the different ways to treat your gum disease.
- Treating Gingivitis. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. It is the only reversible stage of gum disease. This means the patient has pockets filled with bacteria which become infected. Your dentist will remove plaque and tartar on both sides of your gum line. They will rinse out the infected area in order to prevent further infection. Your dentist will recommend you to frequently return in order to prevent further infection.
- Treating mild periodontitis. Advanced gingivitis is known as periodontitis. The bacteria pocket will deepen further. Scaling and root planing therapy is used to treat and clean mild periodontitis. This is used to remove plaque and tartar above, on, and below the gum line. Your dentist may also give you an antibiotic.
- Treating moderate periodontitis. If you have deeper bacteria, then more of your gums may have receded. This will loosen your teeth. Your dentist will also use the scaling and planing treatment along with directly placing an antibiotic on the affected area. At times, laser treatment is also used.
- Treating severe periodontitis. If there is permanent bone damage, then surgery may be required. Your dentist may choose to extract the tooth and place an implant.
Talk to your dentist today to see which option is best for you. Your health is our priority.