The words periodontal disease treatment may be enough to send chills down your spine. If your gums need some attention, don't worry.
There are some great treatment choices. Thankfully the days of painful surgery are gone.
Treatment options range from simple tasks that you can do at home to the latest laser gum treatment.
Even if you are not up for the most expensive treatment, you still have options.
Because you may or may not notice gum disease symptoms they can't be relied upon to make a diagnosis.
The first step involves collecting information including periodontal charting and dental x-rays. If you haven't had this evaluation it will be impossible to determine your treatment needs.
Be sure to ask for a thorough explanation including all possible scenarios. It is important that you understand what is being recommended, why it is needed and if there are other options.
Whether you have a simple case of gingivits or full blown periodontal disease, how you care for your teeth and gums everyday at home matters more than any professional treatment.
If you have advanced gum disease, you will need treatment to get your mouth healthy but your gums require daily brushing and flossing to stay healthy.
Unlike more advanced gum disease, gingivitis is the simplest type of gum disease to reverse. You can eliminate most cases of gingivitis by following this step by step guide: how to treat gingivitis at home.
Natural remedies such as vitamins, supplements and certain foods are a good addition to your routine. Learn more about natural remedies here.
Scaling and root planing or dental scaling is suggested when a simple cleaning is not enough.
Dental scaling and root planing is another name for deep cleaning. The goal of this treatment is to remove calculus or tarter that has built up near or under your gum line.
This is almost always the first professional treatment recommended and may be the only gum treatment you need.
After scaling is completed, your dentist or hygienist will re evaluate and recommend further treatment where needed.
Pockets that are less than 6mm deep respond well after a deep cleaning. It is a very good treatment.
Unfortunately, a deep cleaning is sometimes recommended when it is not needed. If you are not sure you really need it, this article will help.
Quite often just a few teeth need a deep cleaning. This article explains more about localized vs full mouth deep cleaning and when it is appropriate.
Gum medications have come a long way and are a valuable addition to other treatments.
Periostat - a low dose of doxycycline that works as an enzyme supressor
Arestin - an antibiotic powder that is placed between your tooth and gum
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Chlorhexidine rinse - a prescription rinse that kills bacteria
Listerine mouthwash - an over the counter mouthwash that kills bacteria.
Gum surgery techniques have improved and are more comfortable. These treatments improve both the function and appearance of your teeth.
LANAP (laser assisted attachment procedure) is an alternative to surgery. This option should be considered if you need surgery.