Gum Disease Treatment Northridge
Do your gums look red or inflamed? Are they swollen and puffy? Do they bleed when you brush, floss, or eat? If so, you may have gum disease. Gum disease is an infection that strikes the gums and tissues that support the teeth. It is caused by certain oral bacteria, and if not treated properly, can lead to permanent damage. Our Northridge office offers a variety of gum disease treatment options that can address the underlying infection and restore health to your gums.
The most common gum disease treatment is scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is an important part of any treatment plan for gum disease. This deep cleaning procedure is used to clean the periodontal pockets, or spaces between the gums and teeth, and remove rough spots on the surface of the tooth roots so that the gums can heal properly. For patients with gingivitis or mild periodontitis, scaling and root planing might be the only treatment needed. Antimicrobial therapy may be used in addition to scaling and root planing.
Surgery can also be a part of your gum disease treatment plan. Although most cases are treated conservatively, surgery may be needed for patients who have experienced significant damage. Surgical treatments include:
• Pocket reduction surgery to tighten the gum tissue around the crowns of the teeth
• Gum grafts to restore lost tissue
• Crown lengthening to expose more of the tooth’s crown
• Bone grafts to enhance bone quality and stimulate new bone growth
• Dental implants to replace lost teeth
Our Northridge team will recommend the most appropriate treatments for you. Regardless of the type of treatment you undergo, most patients will need to continue periodontal maintenance treatments regularly after their initial treatment. Periodontal maintenance prevents plaque and tartar buildup so that the gums can continue to heal and reduce the risk of reoccurrence. These treatments will be performed on a specific schedule according to your needs. Proper at-home hygiene is also critical.
If you have symptoms of gum disease, proper diagnosis and gum disease treatment can protect your dental health and prevent serious damage. Call our office today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our Northridge dentist.
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