Azusa area patients ask about treatment for Gum Disease
Dr. Brianne Luu of Gentle Care Dental of San Gabriel Valley in the Azusa area can assist patients who have been diagnosed with gum disease. This condition is an inflammatory infection that results in the destruction of the gum tissue, bone, and even the teeth. When patients are faced with this condition, it is important that they seek assistance with a professional dental team for proper diagnosis and treatment for gum disease.
Gum disease can reach many different stages, and treatment at each will vary depending on the severity. In the earlier stages, patients can benefit from non-surgical treatments for gum disease. This may include a deep professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from all the tooth surfaces. Patients may also benefit from antibiotics to control the infection and bring the smile back to health. Another procedure which may be done for more moderate cases of gum disease is scaling and root planing. This procedure is done with local anesthetics and allows the dentist the chance to scrape away tartar and plaque from underneath the gum line. This is required when the condition cannot be controlled with a simple cleaning.
Treatment for gum disease may even be surgical, but this is often reserved for more severe cases of periodontal disease. Surgical interventions include:
- Flap surgery
- Pocket reduction surgery
- Bone and soft tissue grafting
- Guided tissue regeneration
- Bone surgery
For most patients, non-surgical options are ideal, though if the condition is left untreated and progresses further, patients may be candidates for surgical options. This is why it is so important for patients to visit their dentist regularly for cleanings and examinations to ensure conditions such as this are not developing. If so, early intervention is the best way to reverse it and maintain one’s oral health and wellness.
If you live in the Azusa area and are interested in learning more about surgical and non-surgical treatment options for gum disease, contact the team of Gentle Care Dental of San Gabriel Valley today to book a consultation visit and evaluation.