What Treatment Options are Available for Gum Disease?

Watch this video to learn more about the surgical and non-surgical options our practice offers for treating periodontal disease.

What treatment is available. There’s a wide range of a treatment, surgical and non-surgical. Usually the treatment begins with non-surgical treatment, what we call a deep cleaning. And so the oral hygiene measure is the most important factor. That should be done regardless. Then this treatment begins with deep cleaning and sometimes in addition to deep cleaning, the doctor may give you some form of antibiotics which can be used locally to control the bacteria under the gum tissue or systemically.

So you take it orally again to suppress the activity of the bacteria. So as for the treatment, nonsurgical would be a deep cleaning. Now the surgical aspect, if the disease is relatively advanced and you have lost the bone, which is supporting a structure of the tooth, they have to reflect the gum tissue. You need a surgical treatment and to clean up all the infection and some areas that you have lost bone, they may have to augment the bone.

They have to add to the bone again to help the support of the tooth structure. In addition, some cases, you may need a bite adjustment, what we call occlusal adjustment, a bite adjustment. The reason behind it is when the disease is really advanced causes mobility of the tooth. In addition, bone loss. So what we do by adjusting the bite, by just reducing the load on that tooth so put it less under stress and that would help the degree of looseness and mobility as well as the helping the healing process around that tooth.

So would be in summary would be a nonsurgical treatment, that’s deep cleaning, would be a surgical treatment. And depending on a case, you may need a bone grafting or you if you have a receding gum, you may need gum grafting as well.