Treatments for Gum Disease
Robert Madden, DDS, MBA, owns and practices at Southwest Family Dentistry near Denver, Colorado. In this role, Dr. Robert Madden offers both surgical and non-surgical treatments for gum disease.
Treatment protocol for gum disease depends primarily on the extent of the infection. Patients with less severe disease may find it sufficient to undergo root planing and scaling, which enables a dentist to clean under the gum line and all the way to the roots.It may be done with or without local anesthesia, as the patient’s needs dictate, and may involve the use of an ultrasonic instrument as well as standard manual tools.
For patients whose periodontal disease has resulted in the development of gum pockets may need to undergo flap surgery, in which the dentist lifts the gums away to remove tartar and restore the fit between gum and tooth. More extensive gum recession may require soft tissue grafts.
Patients with bone loss may require grafting of the patient’s natural bone, donor bone, or a synthetic replacement. Advancements in periodontal technology have also produced an additional option known as guided tissue regeneration, which stimulates the growth of both bone and gum tissue and may reduce the risk of tooth loss.