Gum Disease Treatment
The main goal of gum disease treatment is to remove bacteria that grow deep underneath the gums so that the progression of gum disease can be stopped or reduced. There are two phases to gum disease treatment. During the first phase of treatment, a scaling and root planing procedure sometimes known as “deep cleaning” is rendered. About 1 to 2 months after the “deep cleaning,” it is critical that the patient sees his/her periodontist for a periodontal re-evaluation to determine whether or not “deep cleaning” has effectively stopped or reduced the progression of gum disease. If so, the patient will then be placed on regular cleaning visits typically every 3 months to maintain the status of his/her gum conditions. However, if “deep cleaning” did not achieved desirable outcomes, the periodontist will need to perform the second phase of treatment which involves gum surgeries to control the progression of your gum disease.
- Gum surgeries (periodontal surgeries) typically involve peeling the gums away from diseased-teeth/jawbone to gain access to remove the debris and infected tissues that “deep cleaning” was not able to get to. The gums will then be stitched back. Post-operatively, patients may experience some sensitivity to cold beverages or cold air, increased frequency of food impaction between teeth, and slightly longer-looking teeth. Otherwise, post-operative healing after gum surgeries is relatively uneventful. With the advances of technology, laser periodontal therapy can offer alternatives to traditional gum surgeries in the treatment of gum disease.