Gum disease can be a complex and multi-faceted condition that affects not just the gums, but your teeth, jawbone, and the rest of your mouth. To treat it, Florida Smiles Dental uses a combination approach. Whenever possible, though, our first approach is always non-invasive, non-surgical treatments.
How Non-Surgical Treatments Can Benefit You
While oral surgery is incredibly safe and routine, the truth is that any surgical procedure is going to carry a higher chance of complications than a non-surgical one, even if that higher chance is still very low. When gum disease is still in its earlier phases, we have found that it can usually be successfully eliminated with non-invasive options. This helps preserve your overall health and means less healing time so you can be back on your feet sooner.
Restoring Oral Hygiene
Gum disease is almost always caused by a lack of good oral hygiene, so restoring the health of your mouth is our top priority. Even when other non-surgical treatments, as well as surgical treatments, are called for, strong oral hygiene is always a fundamental part of any treatment plan. This requires a two-pronged approach - while we will perform a professional cleaning to reach the places that your toothbrush cannot, it is vital that you brush and floss daily. Without playing a part in maintaining your own oral hygiene, gum disease will always be waiting to make a return.
Scaling and Root Planing
When restoring oral hygiene is not enough to eradicate gum disease, our first treatment of choice is almost always scaling and root planing. Often referred to as a deep cleaning, it is actually far more extensive and effective than a standard cleaning. During a scaling procedure, we actually clean out the bacteria beneath the gums. To keep you comfortable, you will receive local anesthetic so that you can stay awake, which has a lower impact on your body. After scaling we perform root planing, polishing smooth the rugged surfaces that bacteria can secret themselves in. Root planing also helps reconnect tooth roots to the gums, which can be loosened as bacteria erode the gums. Scaling and root planing is very effective, and more treatment is generally not called for.
Additional Non-Surgical Treatments
Often, the key to any good anti-gum disease strategy is combining multiple approaches to attack the disease on all fronts. Some of these treatment options may be undertaken alone, while others might be used in conjunction with a professional cleaning or scaling and root planing. Antibiotics are a powerful defense against infections, and can be taken as pills, mouthwashes, or a localized placement. On the cutting-edge of gum disease treatment are tray delivery systems and laser therapy.
Are You Looking for Gum Disease Treatment?
If you are looking for affordable, high-quality gum disease treatment that will preserve the health of the rest of your mouth, then look no further than Florida Smiles Dental. To schedule a consultation with one of our skilled periodontists and learn more about all of our non-surgical treatment options, call 754-354-0363.