How To Treat Gum Disease

November 6, 2013

How to Treat Gum DiseaseGum disease is a disease of the mouth affecting the tissue surrounding the teeth also known as periodontitis or periodontal infection.  Gum disease is primarily caused by plaque buildup and can cause serious damage to the tissue of the mouth.  In fact, many studies trace diabetes, heart disease and other more serious long-term diseases to gum disease.  Unfortunately, the majority of the American population has some level of gum disease – some is easily identified and treated while others are not as apparent and usually less significant.  Since many of our patients ask how to treat gum disease when diagnosed with periodontitis or periodontal disease, here are some answers.

What You Need to Know About How to Treat Gum Disease

First, don’t be surprised if you’ve taken care of your teeth and mouth for most of your life and you’re diagnosed with gum disease. Most people have some form and level of gum disease.  Whether gingivitis which is non-destructive periodontal disease or something more severe, rest assured most others have some form and would like to know how to treat gum disease.

With gum disease, your gums often become swollen and inflammation can occur.  Understanding the importance of how to treat gum disease is important – same goes with preventing gum disease.  So first focus on getting rid of all plaque by using mouth wash, brushing and flossing teeth daily, as well as visiting the dentist regularly.

Gum infection treatment depends on the stage and severity.  Gum diseases that have resulted in periodontitis can be treated by a dentist with a process called root planing and scaling, to get rid of the plaque build up. Antibiotics are sometimes necessary after the process. In severe cases of gum disease surgery may be required.

In the last 10 years, the technology has advanced where there is an alternative to the conventional or traditional mode of gum infection treatment. This new technology and form of treatment is referred to as LANAP or laser gum surgery which is a surgical therapy designed for the gum infection treatment through regeneration rather than resection.

The downside to the conventional or traditional periodontal surgery is the level of discomfort with it and the compliance.  One other disadvantage is the loss of tissue.  For these two reasons and a few others, LANAP has become a popular and more common method of gum disease treatment by most dentists.

To schedule your visit with The Richardson Dentist and make sure you do not have any severe form of gum disease, Call The Richardson Dentist at 972-535-4608.

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