Gum Therapy (periodontics)
Gum therapy is a type of periodontal treatment that aims to help restore diseased gum tissue back to health. When your gum tissue is diseased, you may notice symptoms such as bleeding when you floss or brush your teeth. Your gums may also be red and inflamed. As gum disease worsens, you are at risk of losing teeth. Gum therapy may help to reverse the effects of periodontal disease.
Nonsurgical Gum Therapy
If you have early stage periodontal disease, nonsurgical gum therapy may halt its progression. Root scaling involves using ultrasonic devices or small dental tools to remove bacteria from underneath your gum line. Root planning makes use of small dental instruments to smooth the surfaces of the roots of your teeth. Eliminating the bacteria helps to reduce pockets around the roots of teeth. This may help you to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible.
Regenerative Gum Therapy
Regenerative gum therapy involves pulling up your gum tissue and removing the bacteria that is causing disease and inflammation. Once your dentist has eliminated the bacteria, filters or donor gum tissue may be stitched onto your existing gum tissue. Tissue-stimulating proteins may also be applied to your gum tissue. This helps to grow new gum and bone to replace your lost tissues.
Gum Graft Surgery
Gum graft surgery is an advanced form of gum therapy that is used in order to treat advanced periodontal disease. In this procedure, gum tissue from the roof of your mouth or a donor’s is used to cover exposed tooth roots. This procedure helps reduce sensitivity. Covering the exposed tooth roots also helps protect them from decay.
At Portage Park Dental Associates, we strive to be the best option when it comes to gum therapy and other periodontal services.