Restoring Your Smile With Gum Disease Treatment
- June 24, 2016
Welcome to the Gentle Dental Care blog!
In a recent post, we talked about how the health of your gums is extremely important, not just for your smile, but for your overall body health. This is serious business.
There have been multiple studies done that showed that people who don’t have healthy gums are more prone to a multitude of things such as low birth weight babies, increased risk of heart disease, increased propensity for diabetes and other bad things as well.
A shortened life span even has been shown to be the fate of people do not take care of their oral health. You simply will not live as long as those that do. It seems kind of hard to believe but this is what the researchers are telling us.
That is why it is so important to have a dentist you can trust to build on the good work you do at home. With our team on your side, we’ll be able to detect and treat gum disease, and other issues, before it is too late. But you already knew all that, if you’ve been a regular reader of this blog. The one thing we did not get into in the last post was how we actually go about addressing gingivitis and periodontal disease.
So, how do we treat gum disease?
Scaling and Root Planing
This is a fancy term for a very deep cleaning of your teeth in an attempt to remove plaque and tartar from both above and below your gumline. During this procedure, your teeth are smoothed over to remove any rough surfaces where bacteria like to live.
These are used to combat the infection itself. We have a few ways of doing it: antibiotics can be placed directly on your gums or prescribed to be taken orally.
This is only necessary if other more conservative treatments do not work for you, or if the damage to the gums is too severe. Many gum surgeries can now be done painlessly with lasers.
This one is fun to say but not the most fun thing to experience. Don’t worry, we’ll go easy on you though. This is just the removal of gum tissue to eliminate pockets between your gums and teeth, where plaque can hang out waiting to cause more problems.
This treatment cleans your roots and corrects any damage to your bone.
Unfortunately, sometimes it does come to this. Extractions are where we take out any loose, decayed, or irreparably damaged teeth in order to restore the health of your smile. This is usually followed up by an implant procedure sometime thereafter.
This is where we go in and replace gum tissue with a tissue transplanted from another area, like the roof of your mouth, for example.
Restore Your Health Today!
Well, now you know what we can do, even if some of those options don’t sound like much fun. The good news is that prevention is still the best treatment going! That’s why you will want to contact us sooner than later to schedule your next appointment.
Call Gentle Dental Care of Plainville at 860-479-2397 to make it happen!