How Is Gum Disease Treated?
Forty Fort, PA
Periodontal disease is among the most common gingival diseases. Early diagnosis is essential in order to avoid the irreversible complications that it can bring, such as receding gums or tooth loss, where you may even need to get dental implants, thus delaying your recovery. That is why at Dr. Musto Periodontics & Dental Implants, we are glad to help you and teach you about the possible treatments for this oral pathology.
You Have Periodontitis: What Now?
If you have periodontal disease, do not lose hope, as it is treatable. This pathology is characterized by bacterial plaque penetrating inside the gums, weakening the support of the teeth as a result. Therefore, to avoid its consequent fall, we must carry out a protocol for its early detection. This is complicated since the symptoms are very nonspecific and can go unnoticed until serious stages of the disease.
For this reason, it is common for our patients to attend our offices seeking treatment when they already have complications that they could have avoided. Regardless of the state of your periodontal disease, you should always consult with our specialists, as we have options for you.
The Best Remedies For Periodontal Disease
Proper nutrition, quitting smoking, and strict oral hygiene greatly reduce the risk of suffering from complicated periodontal disease. The gold standard treatment for all types of gum disease is always prevention, but if for one reason or another you develop it, it is crucial that you come to our office to start treating your case before it gets worse. The treatment will depend on the severity of your case, the presence of periodontal pockets, and the current state of your teeth.
Periodontal Disease Prevention
The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to receive a dental cleaning performed by our professionals on a regular basis. This way, our team will eliminate all of the bacterial plaque and tartar adhering to your gums, which is often responsible for gingivitis and periodontal disease.
We recommend doing this type of preventive procedure every eight to 10 months. If you have any kind of history of gum disease, then you should have your teeth cleaned at least every six months. The process is painless, and it will leave your smile sparkling.
When regular cleaning does not help with your periodontal disease, our team may opt for a dental curettage, which is a more in-depth procedure. This type of treatment removes tartar from the root of the tooth by cleaning the subgingival area, which is impossible in a regular cleaning. Sometimes, patients may need local anesthesia to make the procedure a more comfortable experience.
Oral antiseptics can also help with the plaque on your gums, which will lessen the symptoms of your periodontal disease, in addition to improving your general hygiene. Chlorhexidine is even considered a better alternative to traditional mouthwash. That said, its effectiveness is only 100% once our professionals have removed the tartar from your gums, therefore, it is an excellent post-curettage maintenance strategy.
When periodontal disease is very aggressive, our professionals at Dr. Musto Periodontics & Dental Implants can prescribe a series of antibiotics that cure the spectrum of bacteria in your gums after culturing them. Schedule your appointment now by calling us at (570) 338-5757.