Gum Disease Therapy

Gum disease therapy, also known as periodontal therapy, encompasses various treatments aimed at managing and reversing the effects of gum disease. This comprehensive approach typically involves scaling and root planing to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from below the gum line, along with adjunctive treatments such as antibiotic or laser therapy to reduce inflammation and promote gum healing.

The benefits of gum disease therapy are manifold, including the prevention of further gum recession and bone loss, the elimination of infection and inflammation, the reduction of gum bleeding and tenderness, and the preservation of overall oral health and systemic well-being. By addressing gum disease promptly and effectively, this therapy not only restores gum health but also contributes to improved dental aesthetics, enhanced chewing function, and a reduced risk of complications such as tooth loss and systemic health issues associated with untreated gum disease. 

Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common and progressive condition characterized by inflammation and infection of the gum tissues surrounding the teeth. It typically begins with gingivitis, marked by red, swollen gums that bleed easily. It can advance to periodontitis, where the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth, forming pockets that harbor bacteria and lead to further damage. Without proper treatment, gum disease can result in gum recession, bone loss, and eventually tooth loss.

Gum disease is often caused by poor oral hygiene, but other factors such as genetics, smoking, hormonal changes, and certain medical conditions can also contribute to its development. Early detection and intervention are crucial in managing gum disease, preventing its progression, and addressing dental emergencies. This highlights the importance of regular dental check-ups and effective oral hygiene practices

Components of Gum Disease Therapy

Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)

Scaling and root planing are nonsurgical procedures performed by dentists at Smile Maker Implant & General Dentistry to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from below the gum line and along the roots of the teeth. The process involves scaling, which removes plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces and beneath the gums, followed by root planing, which smooths the root surfaces to discourage bacterial buildup and facilitate gum tissue reattachment. This deep cleaning procedure helps reduce inflammation, control infection, and promote gum tissue healing.

Antibiotic Therapy

Antibiotic therapy may be recommended as an adjunct to scaling and root planing or as a standalone treatment for gum disease. Antibiotics can be administered in various forms, including oral antibiotics, topical antibiotics, or antibiotic mouth rinses, to help eliminate bacterial infection and reduce inflammation in the gums. Commonly prescribed antibiotics for gum disease therapy include doxycycline, metronidazole, and minocycline. Antibiotic therapy is often effective in controlling infection and promoting healing, especially in moderate to severe gum disease cases.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy, also known as laser-assisted periodontal therapy (LAPT), is a minimally invasive treatment option for gum disease that uses lasers to remove infected tissue, kill bacteria, and promote gum tissue regeneration. Laser therapy can provide several advantages over traditional gum disease treatments, including reduced discomfort, faster healing times, and targeted removal of diseased tissue while preserving healthy tissue. Laser therapy can effectively eliminate infection and promote gum tissue reattachment, improving periodontal health and reducing the risk of disease progression. 

Gum Grafting Surgery

In cases of advanced gum disease where significant gum recession has occurred, gum grafting surgery may be recommended to restore lost gum tissue and cover exposed tooth roots. During this surgical procedure, tissue grafts taken from the patient's palate or a donor source are placed over the exposed root surfaces to enhance gum tissue volume and improve aesthetics. Gum grafting surgery can help reduce tooth sensitivity, protect exposed roots from decay, and improve the smile's overall appearance. Contact us today!

Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal maintenance is an ongoing phase of gum disease therapy designed to monitor and maintain periodontal health following initial treatment. This involves regular dental cleanings, typically scheduled every three to four months, to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from above and below the gum line. Periodontal maintenance appointments also allow dentists in Elk Grove, CA, to assess gum health, monitor for signs of disease recurrence, and provide personalized oral hygiene recommendations to help patients maintain optimal oral health between visits.

The Benefits of Gum Disease Therapy

  • Gum disease therapy in Elk Grove, CA, helps preserve gum health by removing harmful bacteria and toxins from the gum tissue and promoting healing and regeneration of damaged structures.
  • This therapy reduces gum inflammation, swelling, and tenderness, improving overall dental health and patient comfort. 
  • By addressing the underlying causes of gum disease and reducing pocket depths, gum disease therapy helps prevent further gum recession, bone loss, and tooth loosening, ultimately reducing the risk of tooth loss. 
  • Gum disease therapy improves oral health by eliminating infection, reducing plaque and tartar buildup, and restoring gum tissue integrity and tooth attachment.
  • A healthy mouth is essential for overall well-being, and gum disease therapy is crucial in promoting systemic health by reducing the risk of oral infections and inflammation associated with untreated gum disease.

Gum disease therapy is a cornerstone of modern dentistry, encompassing effective treatments to combat gum disease and preserve oral health. If you suspect you may have gum disease, visit Smile Maker Implant & General Dentistry at 9340 W Stockton Blvd., Suite 100, Elk Grove, CA 95758, US, or call (916) 683-5732 to explore the benefits of gum disease therapy and reclaim your smile's health and vitality.

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Smile Maker Implant & General Dentistry

9340 W Stockton Blvd., Suite 100,
Elk Grove, CA 95758, US

(916) 683-5732

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