Posted on 2/29/2020 by Periodontal Associates
|Many people know about gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. They understand that it's a sign that they have been lacking in their oral hygiene. In most cases, gingivitis can be fought by brushing and flossing regularly while also cutting back on sugary treats.
Coming to see us every six months is also definitely recommended since we will be able to monitor your gingivitis and give you tips on how to handle it. A regular professional cleaning will also remove the harmful bacteria that cause gum disease.
But what do you do if you have advanced gum disease? It's not as simple as brushing more often.
Advanced Gum Disease Requires Professional Help
When your gum disease has advanced to the point that your gums are receding, the roots of your teeth have been exposed, and the bone in your jaw has started to deteriorate, it's going to take more than what you can do at home to get it under control. You need to come in so we can begin treating your infection, which is what you have. Your gums are infected with bacteria. You may need antibiotics to clear up the infection, but it can go beyond that.
One thing we often do to deal with advanced gum disease is called scaling and root planing. This is a deep cleaning procedure that does require anesthetic. We scrape off all of the tartar and plaque that has accumulated on your gums and smooth out any rough spots that have formed on the roots of your teeth. This also removes bacteria and makes it easier for the gums to reattach to your teeth.
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There are other procedures that you may need depending on how advanced your gum disease is. If the gums have receded, you may need gum sculpting to restore them to their normal length. We may also need to deal with any open pockets that have formed and graft bone onto any area where the bone has eroded.
If you're dealing with advanced gum disease, don't wait around. The earlier we start working on it, the better. Call us today to schedule an appointment.