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Advanced Gum Treatment

Advanced Gum Treatment

Advanced gum treatment, also known as periodontal therapy or periodontal treatment, is aimed at addressing gum disease (periodontal disease) in its more advanced stages. Gum disease is a common condition characterized by inflammation and infection of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to gum recession, tooth loss, and other serious oral health problems.

Here’s an overview of advanced gum treatment options:

Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning): Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure performed by a dental hygienist or periodontist to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from below the gumline and smooth the root surfaces of the teeth. This helps eliminate the source of infection and allows the gums to heal and reattach to the teeth. Local anesthesia may be used to ensure your comfort during the procedure.

Antibiotic Therapy: Antibiotics may be prescribed in conjunction with scaling and root planing to help control bacterial infection and reduce inflammation in the gums. Antibiotics can be administered orally, topically (as a mouth rinse), or directly into the gum pockets (as an antibiotic gel).

Laser Therapy: Laser-assisted periodontal therapy involves using a dental laser to remove infected gum tissue and bacteria from the periodontal pockets, as well as to promote gum tissue regeneration. Laser therapy is minimally invasive and can result in less discomfort and faster healing compared to traditional periodontal surgery.

Gum Grafting: In cases where gum recession has occurred due to advanced gum disease, gum grafting surgery may be recommended to restore lost gum tissue and cover exposed tooth roots. During the procedure, tissue from another area of the mouth (usually the roof of the mouth) is transferred to the affected area and secured in place with sutures.

Pocket Reduction Surgery: Pocket reduction surgery, also known as flap surgery or osseous surgery, is a surgical procedure performed by a periodontist to reduce the depth of periodontal pockets and remove bacteria from the root surfaces of the teeth. This helps facilitate gum tissue reattachment and promotes healing of the gums.

Bone Grafting: In cases where advanced gum disease has caused significant bone loss around the teeth, bone grafting surgery may be necessary to regenerate lost bone tissue and provide support for the teeth. During the procedure, bone graft material is placed in the areas of bone loss and allowed to integrate with the existing bone over time.

Ongoing Maintenance: After undergoing advanced gum treatment, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene habits and attend regular follow-up appointments with your dentist or periodontist for ongoing periodontal maintenance. This may include professional cleanings, periodontal evaluations, and reinforcement of oral hygiene instructions to prevent the recurrence of gum disease.

Advanced gum treatment is essential for managing gum disease and preserving the health and function of your teeth and gums. If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease, such as red, swollen, or bleeding gums, loose teeth, or persistent bad breath, it’s important to seek prompt evaluation and treatment from a dental professional. Early intervention can help prevent the progression of gum disease and minimize the need for more extensive treatment in the future.

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