Gum Disease: The Treatments Available

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Gum disease is a serious and dangerous dental issue that can severely harm and damage your smile. If you’re a victim of gum disease, it’s very important to treat it quickly. If you fail to do so, the disease can worsen, spread and compromise your oral health. Fortunately, there are many treatments available that can help with your gum disease, and our dentist, Dr. Norman B. Fine, is happy to tell you all about them. Those treatments are:

-Dental cleanings: Dental cleanings can treat gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease. The treatment will remove the plaque and tartar from the teeth and gumline and will restore your oral health. This is effective because plaque and tartar are the major culprits of the disease.

-Scaling and root planing: Scaling and root planing can help treat periodontitis, which is the advanced stage of gum disease. This treatment involves scraping the plaque and tartar from the teeth and their root surfaces. It will then involve smoothing out the root surfaces to help the gums reattach to them and heal. If necessary, your dentist will promote healing in the area with medication.

-Gum and bone grafting: Gum and bone grafts are needed when the gums and underlying bone have been damaged by the disease. Gum grafts involve using gum tissue from your palate or from a donor and then placing that tissue over the exposed tooth roots. Bone grafts involve using a natural or synthetic bone to replace the bone you have lost.

To learn more about treatments for gum disease in Greenville, South Carolina, please contact Fine Periodontics today. Our dental team will be happy to give you the answers and information you need to know all you need to know about gum disease. So, call 864-299-5900 now! We look forward to talking with you.