Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, results from the buildup of plaque and tartar in between the gums and the teeth. Bacteria that live in these substances produce harmful acids that can cause the gums to become inflamed. Periodontal disease is easily preventable, with good oral care habits such as regular brushing and flossing and regular visits to your dentist in Tucson, AZ, but if you should develop a case of the disease, your dentist at Frank Son DDS will be able to treat the condition with one of several treatments. Options in periodontal treatments include dental scaling, root planing, and periodontal surgery.
Dental Scaling and Planing
You may have heard this treatment referred to as a deep clean. Scaling consists of removing all of the plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from both above and below the gum line. Because this treatment is slightly more invasive than regular teeth cleaning, a local anesthetic may be used. Once the teeth are cleaned, your dentist will plane the tooth roots, smoothing them out to discourage bacteria from building up in those areas again. This will also help the gums to reattach to the teeth. The goal of a scaling and planing is to help the gum tissue heal and to shrink the periodontal pockets. It usually takes more than one appointment to complete, and you may have to take medications following it.
Your dentist will choose the least invasive method possible to treat periodontal disease, but if that is not enough to successfully treat it, surgery may be needed to restore your gum health. There are several types of gum surgery. The procedure used for you will depend on your particular needs. Gingival flap surgery involves cutting into the gums to clean below the pockets, a gingivectomy removes excess gum tissue, and a gingivoplasty reshapes healthy gum tissue. Periodontal surgery also includes bone surgery (including bone grafts) and soft-tissue grafts. For treatment of gingivitis Lowell Road our dentists make use of the latest technology equipment to ensure the best treatment services.
Following surgery, you will receive further guidance on how to properly care for your teeth and gum tissue. You may be recommended to make more frequent visits to our office at Frank Son DDS so that we can check on the health of your gums in Tucson. Additionally, for gum grafting in Lowell Road, you can book an online appointment with us.