How a dentist can help with gum disease
Gum disease, also called periodontitis, affects a large number of people all around the world. While many others get it treated, may others do not, without realizing the severity of the disease and the damage it causes to their overall oral health. The severity of Periodontitis determines the level of treatment to be used by the dentist to treat the complication, and today we discuss about how a dentist can help with gum disease.
In case gum disease is caught at the nascent stage, where it is called gingivitis, with no damage seen in the surrounding tissues as well as the structures under the teeth, then the dentist will determine the best course of action to be a simple professional cleaning. The team would also guide you with ways and methods to improve your oral hygiene.
In case of moderate to severe damage to the gums and the supporting tissues and structures, which is the first stage of periodontitis, the dentist may recommend a multi-step treatment method. The first step in the treatment method consists of deep cleansing called scaling and root planing in which the dentist removes the plaque and tartar from every region affected by periodontitis. After this, the root surface of the teeth is made smooth in order to let the gum tissue recover and attach to the base of the teeth. This treatment may take multiple trips to the dentist to be fully completed.
The dentist may also recommend medication during this period to control the pain and infection as well as to speed up the recovery process. Post the completion of the process, the dentist may also schedule an appointment to look at the progress which the gums have taken. In case the supporting structures have been lost and the pockets have gone deeper, further treatment would be needed.
In case periodontitis does not heal even after scaling and planing, surgery may be required. This would allow the surgeon to remove the plaque from the smallest of nooks and crannies, as well as reshape or rebuild the bone in case the bones have been affected. In case of loss of gum or bone tissue, grafting may also be done. Post the surgery, the gums are stitched tightly near the tooth in order to speed up healing. To avoid infections, the dentist would recommend a special mouthwash or medicine as well as antibiotics and painkillers.
After the treatment process for periodontitis is completed, the dentist may schedule more frequent visits in order to check on the progress of the recovery as well as to make sure that the disease does not come back. In addition, practising proper oral hygiene practices can also go a long way to restrict the comeback of gum disease.
The team at Belmont Dental specialize in the treatment of gum disease as well as a wide variety of dental complications. The team puts their patients first and is well renowned for their dentistry.