Gum disease is a serious and dangerous dental issue that can severely alter your oral health and damage your smile if you let it. Fortunately, there are treatments that can help treat this disease and restore your oral health and smile. Typically, at the early stages of development, your dentist, Dr. Paul Greco, is able to treat the disease with non-surgical treatments. At the later stages, he will need to use surgical treatments.
The non-surgical treatments available include scaling and root planing as well as periodontal maintenance. Scaling and root planning involves deeply cleaning the plaque and tartar from the gumline. It also involves smoothing the root surfaces and placing antibiotics in the area to promote healing. Periodontal maintenance involves attending dental checkups more frequently for specialized cleaning treatments.
The surgical treatments available include pocket depth reduction, regeneration, and soft tissue graft procedures. Pocket depth reduction involves opening the tissue and removing the disease-causing bacteria from the area. Sometimes your dentist will need to recontour the bone and roots to help the gum tissue heal. The treatment also involves repositioning the gums so they are easier to keep clean. Regeneration involves cleaning the gums and using membranes, bone grafts, or tissue-stimulating proteins to regenerate the tissue. Soft tissue grafts involve taking tissue from another area of your mouth, like the palate, and placing it over the root surfaces to treat the receding gums.
Do you have any questions about the treatments for gum disease in Hartsdale, New York? If so, please reach out to Hartsdale Family Dental at 914-205-3750 and talk to a member of our dental team. We are happy to help you!