Gum disease is otherwise known as periodontal disease. It sets out as Gingivitis, a condition of severe inflammation of the gums where they turn slightly red with mild bleeding and a bad breath. When the condition is left untreated, gingivitis ultimately turns into periodontal disease. As time passes, this inflammation will ultimately destroy the gums and the surrounding bones of the teeth. As the gums fall off from the bones, the spaces between them tend to get infected leading to a severe dental dilemma that will be hard to deal with.
How can we treat gum disease using non-surgical means?
Periodontal disease is a severe inflammatory condition of the gums, ligaments, and bones of the mouth. Treating gum disease has two approaches: Surgical treatment and Non-surgical treatment. Our facility is dedicated to providing non-surgical treatment for gum disease. Our motive is to prevent the onset of gum-related disease by treating dental problems at an earlier stage.
The non-surgical method of treatment would involve removing any signs of plaque and bacteria from the gum lines and areas between the teeth. This approach would allow dentists to prevent the onset of the disease. This relieves the patients from having to go through other methods of treating periodontal disease.
What does the non-surgical method of treatment involve?
The non-surgical method of treatment will involve:
Active therapy - Active therapy is used to understand the severity of the disease. We use instruments to measure the intensity of the disease.
Scaling and Root Planing (SRP) - This allows us to heal the infected tissues. It also involves cleansing the areas of the gum line and other portions of the enamel. Root planning helps to disinfect the surface of the root, allowing the tissues and nerves of the surrounding gums to be better connected to the root of the teeth.
Irrigation -This is a cleansing procedure that is done in order to fight bacteria.
Antibiotics -Providing antibiotic mouthwash and pills are also an effective method to control and eliminate any signs of the diseases. As periodontal is a bacterial disease, it is vital to ensure that the bacteria doesn’t spread. Prescribing antibiotics helps to bring down the disease under control.
Using Laser Therapy to Treat Gum Disease
Laser treatment can be used to treat gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontal disease. The therapy is used to eliminate microbes and remove the infected tissues. They're also used during the reshaping of the gums.
LANAP (Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure)
Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure is a new advancement in the field of dentistry that is a non-surgical method opted by dentists to treat gum disease. This is the only laser dental treatment that has been approved by the FDA.
LANAP is different from the rest as its procedure involves:
- High accuracy and precision in the procedure.
- Doesn't destroy any healthy tissues of the mouth.
- Damages and eliminates infection-causing bacteria.
- Results in gum regeneration.
- Provides growth of new bones.
- Promotes attachment of gum tissues.
This method is known to be the most effective treatment for destroying the infection that causes periodontal disease.
After a given period of time, the patient will have to re-visit the practice so that Dr. An can examine the extent of improvement, and advise proper health care routines to help improve your oral health. Book an appointment with us and benefit yourself with the non-surgical means of controlling gum diseases.