Gum disease causes gum recession, loose teeth, and tooth loss. It can destroy your smile even more than cavities. Surgical treatments are becoming a thing of the past, thanks to more effective non-surgical perio therapy techniques. Here are just a few ways your dentist can help you reverse your gum disease:
Laser Perio Therapy
Soft tissue lasers destroy active bacteria and speed up the healing of infected gum tissues. The entire laser therapy procedure takes just a minute or two per tooth, and dramatically improves recovery time. There is no discomfort associated with the procedure and no down time afterward.
Locally Placed Antibiotics
Instead of taking medication by mouth, locally placed antibiotics are able to combat infection right where it starts. These medications are usually in the form of a small capsule or chip that are placed in the bottom of the periodontal pocket in areas where infection is at its worst. When placed after a deep cleaning, these medications dramatically improve results in even the deepest pockets.
Scaling and root planing treatments (“deep cleanings”) remove loose and calcified bacteria from the roots of the teeth and deep gum pockets. After deep cleanings, regular perio maintenance cleanings keep your condition from becoming more severe.
Reversing active gum disease can be done through attentive professional care and a re-vamped oral hygiene routine at home. Eating a balanced diet, taking time to clean between your teeth, and visiting your dentist on a frequent basis can help your mouth heal itself and prevent the need for surgical gum disease treatments. If you have symptoms of gum disease such as bleeding or swollen gums, gum recession, or tooth mobility, it’s time to call your dentist immediately.
Posted on behalf of:
Cosmetic Dentistry Center
3070 Windward Plaza
Alpharetta, GA 30005
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