By North Main Dental Inc
January 26, 2015
Category: Oral Health

Learn about the different gum disease treatment options your Dayton, OH dentist has to offer.

With gum disease inflicting almost half of American adults, there has never been a better time to consider the health of your gums. While you may focus the majority of your at-home oral care on your teeth it’s high time you also gave your gums some TLC. If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease know that there are a variety of effective treatments available to you in Dayton,Laser Dentistry OH.

Scaling and Root Planing

The periodontal treatment is probably the most conservative way to treat gum disease. Bacteria are the main cause of gum disease; however, when you don’t brush and floss properly you can leave plaque behind. This eventually turns into tartar, which bacteria love to attach to. The goal of scaling and root planing is to remove the plaque buildup, targeting below the gum line, and is most effective for those with early stages of gum disease.

Periodontal Laser Treatment

For those who are looking for alternatives to periodontal surgery, laser treatment can offer an effective procedure without the traditional scalpel. When gum disease takes on a more serious form, deep pockets of infection begin to form in the gums. These pockets continue to grow and begin separating the teeth from the gums and surrounding bones. If left untreated, tooth loss can occur. Laser treatment’s main job is to remove the infection and close the periodontal pockets.

Gum Grafting

For those who are dealing with gum recession due to gum disease, sometimes the best way to improve the appearance of your gums and to prevent tooth loss and sensitivity is to perform a gum graft. This involves removing a small piece of tissue (usually from the roof of the mouth) and stitching it to the receding gums. Not only does this procedure improve the appearance of your gums but it also protects your teeth from becoming loose and possibly falling out.

If you have any questions about your upcoming periodontal procedure don’t hesitate to contact our office, North Main Dental. We are always here to answer your questions and calm your nerves so your next visit is easy.