What Are the Most Common Gum Disease Treatment Options?
Gum disease is one of the most common conditions among Americans today, affecting more patients than cardiovascular disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease combined. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to serious health complications down the road. Fortunately, you have access to more periodontal treatment options than ever before. If you suffer from periodontal disease, there’s no need to suffer any longer. Dr. Negru can help you restore healthy gums and prevent the serious issues associated with advanced stages of gum disease.
The easiest treatment for any health condition is prevention, and this is certainly the case for gum disease. The mildest forms of gum disease can often be treated by simply improving your normal oral health regimen. Paying closer attention to brushing and flossing, along with regular professional dental cleanings, can sometimes stop gum disease in its tracks.
Patients whose gum disease has progressed to a more advanced stage have additional periodontal treatment options.
- Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning procedure that removes plaque and tartar and then smoothes the surface of your tooth’s root to prevent additional plaque and tartar buildup in the future.
- Perio Protect takes advantage of a custom mouthpiece that is filled with a special medicated gel. When you wear the mouthpiece, the gel penetrates down to the root and kills harmful bacteria while also transforming your plaque and tartar into a chalk-like substance that comes out with regular brushing and flossing.
- Tooth extraction is a last resort but may be required in the most advanced stages of the disease. If this is necessary for you, there are many excellent tooth restoration options available to you.
Gum disease is treatable, but the first step in treatment is a thorough oral exam. Please contact Bright Smile Dental Care today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Negru. We serve patients in the Hillsboro, Oregon area.