Periodontology: Treating Gum Diseases
8 out of 10 patients over the age of 30 report discomfort when brushing teeth, drinking water or eating.
If gum inflammation is not treated, it develops into a more serious issue that affects the ligament of the tooth, which eventually leads to its loss.
When to See a Doctor?
It is very important to schedule treatment with a periodontist if you notice the following symptoms:
- Bleeding when brushing teeth
- Bad breath
- Tooth mobility
- Gum recession and exposed neck of the tooth
- Sensitivity and soreness around the neck of the tooth
- Swelling and redness of the gums
How Serious Is It?
Periodontium is a complex of tissues that surround a tooth (gum, socket, where the tooth is held, and tooth ligament).
Periodontal inflammation is caused by
- An accumulation of pathogenic bacteria in plaque on the surface of the enamel, at the root of the tooth, and in the gingival pockets as a result of poor hygiene
- Issues with immune and/or endocrine systems
- Some diseases (diabetes, systemic diseases of connective tissues, etc.)
- Unhealthy lifestyle (smoking, obesity)
- Mechanical injury
- Improper drug treatment
Our body first reacts with gum redness and swelling (gingivitis), which is then followed by an inflammation of ligaments and adjacent tissues that hold the tooth in the socket (periodontitis). Modern dentistry can significantly slow down gum recession and bone tissue loss. That is why it is important to take care of your gums in time and keep the situation under control.
Gum Disease Treatment at Meerhof Dental Center
Periodontist Dr. Anastassia Tonkikh
First, the dentist will examine your oral cavity. Then, the dentist will determine the precise location and extent of the affected periodontium with a CT scan and identify possible causes of the disease. After that, the dentist will decide on the treatment to restore the tissues surrounding the tooth.
If necessary, the doctor will involve experienced specialists working at the Center, such as endodontists, implantologists, prosthetists, and hygienists.
At Meerhof Dental Center, we use the following to treat gums:
Pharmacotherapy. The use of antimicrobials, antibiotics, and local medications (for example, Hybenx).
Curettage (scraping) of periodontal pockets, using dental hand tools and ultrasound.
Laser treatment. Laser gum treatment is a quick procedure with virtually no discomfort, thanks to the professionalism of the periodontist and high-quality equipment.
When necessary, we use surgical treatment.
Prevention of gum diseases. Proper oral hygiene routine using a non-abrasive toothpaste, dental floss and/or interdental brushes, as well as mouthwash in some cases to prevent soft tooth plague.
In complex medical cases, the doctor may choose periodontal plastic surgery procedures, such as
- Gum plastic surgery
- Bloodless frenulum cut (with laser)
- Adding gum volume
- Restoring gum recession
- Surgical crown lengthening for aesthetic purposes
Normally, all procedures are performed under local anesthesia.
After treating your gum disease, the doctor will give you an information sheet on proper oral care during the recovery period. You should visit the clinic right away if you experience any pain or inflammation. The doctor will see you as soon as possible.
You can find gum treatment prices in the Pricing section.
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