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Have you been told you have periodontal disease? Thanks to an array of effective treatments, you can avoid the unpleasant consequences of gum disease. Danbury, CT, dentist Dr. George Landress offers the dental services and treatments you need to keep your smile healthy.
What's the next step if I have periodontal disease?
If you've been diagnosed with periodontal disease, your Danbury dentist may discuss one or more of these treatments with you, depending on the severity of the disease:
- Scaling and Root Planing: Commonly called deep cleaning, scaling and root planing is used to remove plaque and tartar above and below your gums. Your roots will also be smoothed to prevent bacteria from adhering to them. After your deep cleaning, you may need to use topical antibiotics or an anti-bacterial mouth rinse for a little while. If your gum disease is caught early, you may not need any additional treatment after scaling and root planing, although your dentist may want to see you more often.
- Flap Surgery: If you have a more severe form of periodontal disease, you may be able to see deep spaces in the gums, called pockets, around your teeth. Pockets often become infected, causing pain and increasing your risk of tooth loss. Flap surgery closes the pockets and improves the appearance of your gums.
- Help for Loose or Drifting Teeth: Splints, devices worn over your teeth, can stabilize loose teeth, while braces may be used to restore the alignment of teeth that have drifted due to gum disease.
- Restoration: If you've lost teeth due to gum disease, your dentist can recommend several restoration options, such as bridges, partial dentures or dental implants. Gum or bone grafts may be needed before you can restore your teeth, particularly if you choose dental implants.
Regular dental cleanings can help reduce your risk of gum disease. Call Danbury, CT, dentist Dr. George Landress at (203) 743-7608 if you're concerned about gum disease or you need to schedule your next exam and cleaning.
Find out how to protect the health of your gums with these common gum disease treatments.
Just because your Danbury, CT dentist has diagnosed you with gum disease doesn’t mean that you have to deal with oral health issues all your life. When this condition is caught early enough we can easily lessen or eliminate symptoms altogether and keep gums healthy and pain-free. Find out how!
Types of Periodontal Treatments
There are different treatment options that your Danbury, CT dentist can offer you depending on the severity of your condition. The first option for those with mild to moderate forms of gum disease is usually a non-surgical procedure known as scaling and root planing.
What is scaling and root planing?
The purpose of this procedure is to remove plaque and tartar between the gums, as well as on the teeth and their roots. Sometimes your dentist in Danbury will administer a local anesthetic to help numb the area prior to treatment. By removing the plaque and tartar buildup we can reduce inflammation and help facilitate gum healing.
We may also recommend medication to help aid in healing and prevent infection. Medication may also be placed right into the periodontal pockets during your procedure. During your next dental visit we will examine the periodontal pockets to see your scaling and root planing was effective. Many patients won’t require further action after this treatment. But if we find that the pockets have gotten deeper and the supporting bone has lost its density, then surgery is the next logical step.
What does gum disease surgery entail?
This procedure will allow your Danbury, CT dentist to get into those hard-to-reach areas of the gums and roots where tartar and plaque have accumulated. By removing the bacteria we can help to promote new bone and tissue develop to reverse damage and lessen periodontal pockets. This surgery is also performed under local anesthesia.
Sometimes other procedures such as bone grafting are recommended, particularly if we need to rebuild a damaged jawbone.
If you are dealing with gum disease then it’s time to turn to your Danbury dentists for treatment. Call us today to schedule your next appointment.