There are a wide range of treatments available to combat periodontal disease and help you manage your condition. When you visit Drs. Richard Papp and Tiffany Jamison-Rand, we will thoroughly examine your mouth to diagnose the severity of your disease and create a customized treatment plan. While we make every effort to provide treatments that are minimally invasive, surgical treatment may be necessary if your case is more severe.
One of the first treatments our dentists may recommend is scaling and root planing. This non-surgical treatment relies on an ultrasonic cleaning device to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth as well as under the gum line, including the roots of the tooth. After this plaque and tartar are removed, the tooth root and tooth are smooth out (planed) to make it more difficult for harmful bacteria to attach to the tooth and to encourage your gum tissues to reattach and heal.
If your gum disease is diagnosed in the milder stages of the condition, scaling and root planing may be enough to successfully treat the disease. However, remember that aftercare is crucial to keeping your mouth healthy. To prevent gum disease from reoccurring you will need follow a few guidelines:
- Brush and floss daily
- Maintain a healthy diet
- Visit the dentist regularly
- Avoid using tobacco products
Remember, if you don’t care for your teeth properly you may find the gum disease or other problems have returned to your mouth.
Surgical Treatment Options
Our dentists may recommend surgical treatment for periodontal disease if your condition is more severe. There are several surgical periodontal treatments which may be recommended based on your individual needs. These include:
- Pocket Depth Reduction – Pocket reduction, also known as flap surgery or gingivectomy, works to reduce the depth of “periodontal pockets”. These pockets form when the gums detach from the teeth, creating small gaps and spaces around the teeth where bacteria can gather. This treatment folds back the gum tissue so that we can remove bacteria, place and tartar so that the healthy tissue can be moved back into place and reattach to the tooth.
- Bone and Tissue Regeneration – Severe periodontal disease may cause your supporting bone and tissues to deteriorate. This procedure typically involves a bone grafting treatment to replace supporting bone tissue that has been lost as well as thoroughly cleaning the mouth to remove disease-causing bacteria, plaque and tartar. Special proteins may also be used to encourage new tissue growth.
- Soft Tissue Grafting (Gum Grafting) – Gum recession is a common symptom of gum disease. As your gum tissue recedes, more of your tooth roots are revealed, creating increased sensitivity and exposing the tooth to greater levels of damage. Gum grafting resolves this issue by taking healthy tissue and applying it to the affected area to restore the gum line and protect the tooth. This procedure may also be performed for cosmetic reasons.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
To schedule a consultation with our dentists, Dr. Tiffany Jamison-Rand or Dr. Richard Papp, and learn more about periodontal therapy in Alpharetta, Georgia, please contact Polish Dental Center Alpharetta at (770) 642-4711 or book your appointment online.