Periodontal Gum Disease Treatment
How Our Santa Barbara Dentist Can Help Your Gums
Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. Your dentist and dental hygienist will evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend an appropriate treatment if it is necessary. Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (space) between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacteria, plaque, and tartar, causing irritation to the surrounding tissues. When these irritants remain in the pocket space, they can cause damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth! If the disease is caught in the early stages of gingivitis, and no damage has been done, one to two regular cleanings will be recommended.
There are many ways we can treat your periodontal disease, including:
- Antibiotic treatment : If your gum disease is fairly advanced, antibiotics might be a necessary step to ensure your health.
- Prophylaxis teeth cleaning: Standard teeth cleaning is a necessary step to remove unseen tartar that can be harmful to your gums.
- Crown lengthening: When your tooth, crown, or filling is broken, this procedure will help your tooth and the gum line remain healthy.
- Soft tissue grafts: Soft tissue grafts protect your teeth when there is serious gum recession and helps to reduce tooth sensitivity.
- Scaling and root planing: Scaling and root planning is recommended about every six months, and is performed to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth.
- Pocket irrigation: When bacteria and plaque have built up between your teeth and under your gums, pocket irrigation can help
- Pocket reduction surgery: When needed, pocket reduction surgery is utilized to remove tartar and bacteria from the roots of your teeth.
- Regenerative procedures: In the event that the bone supporting your teeth has been damaged, these regenerative surgery procedure options can help restore bone and soft tissue to be able to properly support your teeth.
For the proper help and diagnosis of your gums, contact our Santa Barbara dentist today at (805) 967-0344!