Advanced Gum Disease: Your Treatment Options

If you have found yourself in the unfortunate position of having advanced gum disease, you may be wondering what you can do now.  Can you fight this, or do you have to surrender to the inevitable and have your teeth extracted?  Here is more information about your treatment options.

Treatment Without Surgery

The good news is you may be able to get treatment that does not even require you to have surgery.  The process is called scaling and planing, and it involves the use of special tools to clean the tooth below the gum line.

We will clean the hidden parts of your teeth and scrape away any deposits that have accumulated on them.  Then, we’ll smooth out any rough areas to prevent bacteria from accumulating there.

Surgical Treatment

If your gum disease has progressed too far and your gums will not heal back against your teeth, we may need to perform surgery to reduce the pockets around your teeth.  Another option is to perform a gum graft, where we remove gum tissue from the roof of your mouth and use it to cover exposed tooth roots.  We can also, in extreme cases, perform a bone graft to help replace bone tissue that has been lost.

Maintenance After Treatment

If you have gotten treatment for advanced gum disease you must take special care to be sure that you keep your teeth clean.  We will want to see you on a regular basis to check up on everything and make sure there are no problems.  It is crucial that you do not neglect your routine cleanings, especially if you have been treated for advanced gum disease.

If you have any questions about gum disease, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We’re here to help you!