Gum disease is a very serious progressive condition which can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. As mentioned earlier too, gum disease and not tooth decay is the main reason for tooth loss. Prompt diagnosis combined with effective regenerative procedures halt the progression of the disease and save the teeth. Many regenerative procedures are available for restoring the health of gums at GUMS N SMILES Dental Centre. Depending on the health of your gums, non surgical treatments, periodontal surgery, Laser therapy, Dental implants and cosmetic soft tissue procedures are various techniques available to restore the health of your gums!!
SCALING AND ROOT PLANING
Scaling and root planing is a non surgical, least invasive and most cost effective therapy to treat individuals suffering from mild gum disease (gingivitis). The objective of this treatment is to remove the etiologic factors that cause the gum disease. The most common etiologic factors being plaque and calculus (tartar). This treatment is usually conducted in the course of routine professional cleaning, wherein root planning usually accompanies scaling. Plaque is removed from the area above the gums.Tartar and bacterial toxins are removed from the area beneath the gums and tooth root is smoothed down for good healing of the gum tissue. Many individuals suffering from mild form of gum disease might not require any further active treatment except a good maintenance therapy. However when it does not achieve good periodontal health, Laser curettage orGum Surgery may be indicated.
PERIODONTAL (GUM) SURGERY
Surgical therapies are required for individuals suffering from moderate to severe form of gum disease or those whose periodontal health cannot be achieved using non surgical (scaling and root planing) treatment.
Flap surgery or Pocket reduction Surgery
The gums and the bone beneath that fit snugly around your tooth. During gum disease, the supporting tissue and bone around the tooth is lost, forming pockets around the teeth.These pockets provide larger surface area for bacteria, tartar and toxins which further deepen the pocket over a period of time.
During the procedure , the gums are gently pulled back.The bacteria and tartar is cleared from the area completely, followed by scaling and root planing before reattaching the gums back with tiny stiches, left in place for about a week. There will be a significant reduction in the pocket depth after the procedure. A combination of good daily oral hygiene and professional maintenance shall keep your teeth and gums healthy for your lifetime.
During gum disease, the supporting tissue and the bone around the tooth are lost. Eventually, if too much bone is lost, its hold on the tooth will reduce thereby leading to tooth loss. Bone grafting is advised when bone has become too less to support your natural tooth or a dental implant. Natural bone regeneration is the best way to promote growth and thicken the jawbone.
During this procedure, the gums are gently pulled back .The area is completely cleared of the bacteria and tartar. Bone grafts (obtained from elsewhere in the body or a bone bank) or synthetic bone regeneration material shall be packed in tightly at the site covered by a membrane. The gums are then reattached with tiny stitches. The bone will naturally regenerate and become strong enough to support your natural teeth or an implant.
Soft Tissue Grafts
For severe gum recession, soft tissue graft (also called gum graft) surgery is recommended to restore the receding gumlines and covering sensitive roots. GUM GRAFT SURGERY or SOFT TISSUE GRAFTS are advised to replace or restore the lost or receded gum tissue.
The laser treatment is a much more comfortable alternative to the traditional procedures as it requires less anesthesia. Also, the aftermath can be much more pleasant Following a laser soft tissue treatment, the patient exhibits no discomfort. Hardly any bleeding, no stiches, no swelling , virtually no pain and faster healing, makes this an excellent alternative for all those who shiver under the scalpel!!!So now you can have treatments done for periodontal (gum) disease, gum lifts , gum reconstruction and various minor surgeries without fear.