Gum Disease Treatment in Farmington
Are you worried that you are suffering from some form of gum disease? Maybe you already know that you have some form of periodontal (gum) disease but don’t know how to start caring for your gums. Periodontal disease affects many adults in the U.S. as millions of people will develop a form of gum disease in their lifetime. The good news is that Farmington dentists, Drs. Donna Thompson and Dr. Jennifer Thompson, are here to help the people of Farmington combat gum disease for years to come.We make every effort to educate our patients on prevention while keeping treatments as quick and painless as possible. Proper care of your teeth and gums moving forward will determine whether your periodontal disease is stopped, slowed or gets worse in the future. So don’t let fear hold you back from talking to your dentist about taking care of your gums!
Typical Treatment Options
There are a few ways to treat gum disease and they typically depend on the severity of the disease and recommendations from your dentist or periodontist. If you are suffering from gum disease, then the best course of action moving forward is to control the bacteria both above and blow the gum lines.
Non-Surgical Treatment Methods
Professional dental cleanings – During your routine checkup or visit, your dentist or hygienist will remove plaque and tartar on the surface of the tooth as well as above and below the gum line of the teeth. If it is very early in the diagnosis, your dentist may recommend cleanings more than twice a year.
Scaling & root planing - A deep cleaning may be deemed necessary by your dentist both above and below the gum line. A local anesthetic is administered and plaque and tartar are scraped away from the teeth (scaling) and the teeth are smoothed over to prevent bacterial build-up (planing). This provides a nice smooth surface for the gums to reattach to.
Gum Surgery Treatment Methods
Sometimes when the disease has progressed further, surgical treatments are necessary for repair. The recommended course of action may vary and should be discussed with your dentist or periodontist, but can include:
- Flap or pocket reduction surgery
- Soft tissue grafts
- Guided tissue regeneration
- Bone surgery (in very progressed cases)
- Bone grafting (in very progressed cases)