The health of your gums is vital to both your oral health and your overall health, and it is important to quickly and effectively address the signs of gum disease when they appear. Whether you are still in the early stages of gingivitis or are struggling with advanced periodontal disease, our family dentistry team offers several different treatment options—including gum grafting—that can help protect your teeth, restore your gums, and safeguard your health.
There are multiple treatment options for gum disease, and the ideal choice for you will likely depend on the severity of your condition. Your dentist will perform a thorough evaluation of your periodontium and make a treatment recommendation based on your specific needs.
Scaling and root planing is the most common treatment option for gum disease. Also called a “deep cleaning,” this treatment involves the careful removal of plaque and bacteria from the teeth and gums (scaling) and the smoothing of any rough surfaces along the tooth roots to discourage further plaque buildup (root planing). As the gums pull away from the teeth as a result of inflammation, they can expose the sensitive roots of the teeth. If plaque builds up on the tooth roots, it can have negative effects on bone density and prevent the gums from reattaching to the tooth surfaces, so it is important to be thorough during this stage.
Scaling and root planing is most effective for treating patients experiencing mild-to-moderate gingivitis or gum disease. Many patients find that their gums begin reattaching to their teeth within a few months after a deep cleaning. In order to maintain the results of a scaling and root planing treatment, we strongly recommend that patients adopt a consistent oral hygiene routine and schedule their twice yearly dental appointments. Routine cleanings and preventative care can help avert the level of plaque buildup that necessitates deep cleanings while keeping the teeth and gums healthier overall.
Gum grafting is a more advanced treatment for moderate or advanced periodontal disease. As bacteria buildup erodes the soft tissues in the mouth, the gums may begin to recede, exposing more of the tooth body, including the sensitive root structures. Not only can this cause discomfort, but it can also increase the risks of tooth loss, as there is less tissue to support the tooth. A gingival (gum) graft is designed to restore lost gum tissue and prevent tooth loss once the underlying infection has been treated using other methods.
Receding gums are often one of the first symptoms of gum disease. Treating your periodontal (gum) disease is an important first step in stopping the progression of gum recession. For moderate to severe gum recession, we offer cosmetic root coverage through gum grafting. This procedure not only improves the appearance of your teeth, but prevents damage to the roots and relieves pain and sensitivity.