Non-Surgical Gum Treatments
Gum disease is one of the most common oral diseases among patients, causing redness, swelling, and bleeding most often. If caught in the early stages, there’s a way to treat this disease without needing invasive surgery. Read along as we explore the best treatment option available for non-surgical gum treatment, thanks to the skills of Dr. Hoffman.
Why is Gum Disease Dangerous?
When you brush and floss daily, it’s vital to get rid of all those food particles that can get stuck between your teeth. Without this important daily regimen, the bacteria left behind feast on these particles and irritate the gums. The inflammation and swelling can cause your gums to start bleeding, and, if left untreated for a long time, can cause your teeth to loosen from their sockets.
As you lose teeth, the jawbone around the loss may start to deplete. This in turn affects the surrounding teeth and could lead to even more tooth loss. As you can see, untreated gum disease is a dangerous downward spiral that could severely damage your oral health.
Bodily Health Risks of Gum Disease
It’s been theorized that since the mouth is an entrance to the body, bacterial infections in the mouth can travel to other parts of the body and infect those areas as well. Research is being conducted into whether or not bacteria from gum disease could be responsible for cardiovascular or respiratory infections in the body.
What Causes It?
Gum disease is caused by the detritus left behind after a meal, mixed with bacteria that reside in the mouth. The bacteria consume the food particles and leave behind waste in the form of plaque and tartar build-up. They attack the teeth, which leads to tooth decay, and the gums where the sensitive tissues become inflamed and swollen.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is the most common non-surgical gum treatment available. It’s minimally invasive and can take place over one appointment.
Scaling is the removal of plaque and tartar from the surface of the tooth, near the gumline. This is where a majority of the plaque resides, so clearing that away will make way for healthy tooth support.
Root planing goes deeper, removing the plaque and infected tissues that lay at the base of the tooth root, underneath the gums. If the plaque has descended even deeper under the gums, it may be recommended that a gum flap procedure be performed.
What is a Gum Flap Procedure?
A gum flap procedure is done in conjunction with root planing, wherein the affected gum tissue is temporarily separated from the teeth in order to reach the root of the tooth better. The jawbone underneath will be cleaned as well, if need be. Once completed, the tissue will be put back in place.
While more invasive than your typical scaling and root planing procedure, this way the tissue can heal on a cleaner surface. Patients should noticed a reduction in swelling, bleeding, and irritability in the gum area.
Refresh Your Gums in Lincoln, NE
If gum disease is affecting your daily life, causing pain, discomfort, or an unwelcome appearance to your smile, contact us at Family and Implant Dentistry to consult with our dental care providers. Dr. Hoffman can help you restore your gums to good health without the need for invasive surgery. Contact us today!