The best treatments for gum disease are prevention and screening.
Since gum disease is hard to spot early on, practicing good oral hygiene helps prevent plaque buildup and is the best way to to prevent infections:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Floss at least once a day
- Don’t smoke
- Visit your dentist regularly for cleanings (remove tartar buildup) and screening exams
However, if your case is more serious, you will need to seek more extensive care from your dentist or a periodontist.
Various appropriate treatments may be implemented depending on the severity of the infection:
- Curettage: this is a deep cleaning, scaling to remove plaque and tartar accumulated on and under the gumline.
- Surfacing: eliminates all diseased tissue.
- Root planing: the roots are scraped and polished to smooth out irregularities that could trap bacteria and plaque.
- The prescription of antibiotics.
In more severe cases:
- Open curettage which allows deep cleaning of the affected areas.
- Gingiva grafting which restores the gums to prevent loosening of the teeth.
- Bone grafting that restores bone that has been destroyed.
Even though it can be treated, gum disease is not something to be taken lightly. Consult our dental surgeon, he will do a complete examination of your gums and, if necessary, will tell you the appropriate treatment .