Knowing Your Options for Gum Disease Treatment

Macro,Of,A,Female,Mouth,With,Receding,Gums.,Close up,Of Also commonly referred to as periodontitis, gum disease is a condition that impacts countless people every year. If you’re among those affected, the good news is that there is a wide range of treatment options that you can explore depending on your situation.

Gum Disease Treatment: Breaking Things Down

Gingival Graft

One of the most common treatments following completion of gum disease treatment is gingival grafting, otherwise known as a gum graft. Here, gum tissue is taken from your palate (or other source) and used to cover areas of exposed roots due to gum recession/bone loss.

Scaling and Root Planing

Many patients also have success using scaling and root planning as gum disease treatment. This is a procedure that involves performing a deep and thorough cleaning of the teeth and under the gums. Administration of local anesthetic, if needed, can create a more comfortable setting.

Laser Therapy (LLLT)

Low-Level Laser Light therapy is another type of gum disease treatment that has grown in popularity over the years. During this process, a laser is used to remove bacteria and decontaminate the gum tissue. With proper home care and maintenance, the tissue is allowed to heal.

Proactive Periodontal Maintenance 

Periodontal maintenance cleaning are most important. Many people don’t realize that gum disease often begins in the gums but doesn’t end there. It can easily spread to the bone that supports the teeth, causing further damage to the supporting structures of the teeth, risking loss of teeth. This is why you should always make it a priority to treat gum disease proactively because, over time, it’s a situation that can get significantly worse.

Take Action Against Gum Disease for a Healthier Smile

If you’d like to find out more information about the various gum disease treatment options that are available, or if you’d like to begin treatment for yourself but aren’t sure how, please don’t delay—contact the office of Heather F. Fleschler, DDS, FAGD, LVIF today or call 713-660-6500 to schedule your next appointment.

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