Gum Disease Treatment Lilburn GA
If your gums are swollen or bleeding at all, this could be a clear sign for you to visit our office to prevent any further issues. At the initial stage, gum disease is called gingivitis and it may even be reversible. However, once it gets past that first stage, it is important that you get the required medical help from our professionals, or it could turn into something severe.
Another good time to contact our office is if you have a receding gum line. It is normal for your gum line to get smaller as you grow older, but if you feel your gum recession is abrupt and coupled with discomfort, pain, sensitivity, or swelling, then you may have developed gum disease. To make sure, our professionals can perform an examination of your mouth and confirm or deny the presence of gum disease. If we find that your gums need attention, our professionals here at Gwinnett Dental Implant & Periodontal Center will then recommend a personal treatment plan for you and we can proceed further.
Non Surgical Treatments for Gum Disease
Non-surgical treatments for gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, are typically the first line of defense to manage and treat gum disease in its earlier stages (gingivitis and mild to moderate periodontitis). These treatments aim to control infection, reduce inflammation, and promote gum health without the need for surgical procedures.
A crucial non-surgical treatment for gum disease is professional dental cleaning. Our dentists use specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from the teeth and below the gum line. This process is known as scaling. After scaling, they perform root planing, which involves smoothing the tooth roots to prevent the buildup of bacteria and tartar. This process promotes gum reattachment to the tooth surface. Scaling and root planing is the most common non surgical treatment for gum disease.
Surgical Treatment Options for Periodontal Disease
One consequence and symptom of gum disease can be bone loss. The bacteria that infect the mouth to cause gum disease in the first place do not stop at just the gums. They keep going until eventually they reach the bone, which they will erode too. Bone affected by gum disease will no longer be able to support teeth, and they will first loosen and then fall out. A bone graft using material taken from you, from a human donor, from an animal, or created in a lab can both add new bone and encourage fresh growth. Local anesthesia will be applied beforehand so we can separate your gums from your teeth and place the graft material. We recommend eating soft foods after the procedure since your mouth may be slightly sore afterwards.
Gum Disease Treatment in Lilburn GA
If you are considering treatment for your gum disease, Gwinnett Dental Implant & Periodontal Center can assist you in making the right choice, depending on the severity of your gum disease. It is important to get gum disease under control, for your overall dental health, but also if you are in need of any dental restorations. Dental implants and gum disease do not pair well together. If you are wanting dental implants, or any other procedure, you will first need to have your gum disease treated.
If you have questions or concerns regarding gum disease and whether or not you qualify for dental implants, please reach out to us to discuss it. We’d love to help you. We’re available at (470) 222-8983.