Whether you’ve been diagnosed with periodontal disease or are simply concerned that you may have it, you can rest easy. There are treatments available no matter how far the condition has progressed. But exactly what actions we take to deal with your gum disease depends on where you stand. Our team at Brighton Dental in San Diego has experience with periodontal disease and would like to count you among our many success stories.
Are you aware that more as many as 75 percent of Americans have some form of gum disease – and most don’t know they have it? By getting diagnosed and getting treatment, you’re ahead of the game and taking steps that many haven’t yet taken.
A Cleaning May Be All You Need
Periodontal disease starts as gingivitis. When the disease is in its early stages and there’s been no damage to the bone and other supporting structures under your teeth, a professional dental cleaning may be all you need to get back on track. Dr. Woods and our team can also give you advice on how to take care of your teeth better every day.
Still, your gum disease may progress. The next step in treating it is a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. During this procedure, a dentist goes deeper into pockets between and around teeth to get rid of plaque and tartar that has developed deeper than a regular cleaning can reach. This type of treatment may be completed on a few teeth in a single visit or may be done to all teeth over several visits. When root surfaces are planed – or smoothed – your gums can heal and reattach to your teeth.
Additionally, medications may be recommended to you. We’re a holistic dental practice and don’t like to overuse medications, but there are pills, mouth rinses and other medications that can make a real difference in controlling any pain you have and helping your mouth to heal. There are even medicines we can place directly into pockets in your gums after treatment.
Surgery Is Sometimes Needed
Periodontal surgery isn’t often needed if gum disease is caught early, but there are several procedures we can use to deal with your problems if they have progressed. Periodontal surgery can allow a dentist to get rid of plaque and tartar in hard-to-access areas. Then, gums must be stitched up so that they hold tightly to the teeth involved. Once healed, this type of procedure can make it easier to clean your teeth in the future.
When the underlying bone is damaged, surgery can be used to reshape or rebuild it. Gum and bone grafts can be done to restore lost tissue. These and other surgeries are designed to stop the progress of the disease, restore function and allow you to take better care of your teeth and gums in the future.
For every oral health problem – including periodontal disease – there is a solution. At Brighton Dental, we’re a solutions-based dental practice that focuses on improving your oral and overall health. Working with you, we can deal with issues before they get worse and treat any condition, no matter how bad it may have gotten.
Learn more about this topic on our Periodontal Treatment page. Then come in to see us. We’ll tell you honestly where you stand related to gum disease and tell you what we can do about it. Once you approve the course of treatment, we’ll get started on improving your gum and oral health so you can get on with your life.
We’re here for you when you need us at Brighton Dental in San Diego.