Gum treatment is the treatment of active gum
and jaw bone disease. Gum disease treatment can slow or
stop the progression of gum disease. Since there are different
stages of gum disease (from gingivitis to advanced periodontitis),
there are different levels of treatment. In some cases, the
patient may be referred to a specialist.
Gum treatment consists of one or more of the following procedures,
depending on the individual case:
Scaling and Root Planing
and Root Planing is a common non-surgical treatment for periodontal
disease. By using special instruments, we remove bacteria
and infection from the unhealthy deep pockets around the teeth
below the gum line. This is often referred to as a "deep
First the tooth is scaled to remove the plaque and
tarter that has accumulated on the tooth.
Then the root is planed or smoothed. This eliminates
any rough areas on the root that can easily trap plaque and
smooth clean root provides a healthy environment to allow
the gums to heal naturally and reattach to the tooth. This
will create a reduced pocket, therefore eliminating areas
for bacteria to hide and cause further disease.
Scaling and Root Planing combined with a strict home care
routine and more frequent periodontal cleanings and exams
will increase your chances of keeping your natural smile.
advances in periodontal treatment allow us to now place medications
directly at the site of infection. One of the most commonly
used medications of this kind is Arestin.
This is often used in conjunction with scaling and root planing.
In addition, an antimicrobial rinse is sometimes used after
Strict Home Care Regimen
A home care routine specific to the patient's individual
needs may be prepared to prevent the patient from relapsing.