Treating Gum Disease: What Are My Options?

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For those struggling with gum disease, the problem isn’t just your oral health but your heart and lungs, which are also susceptible to impact from the disease. Gum disease at the earliest stage can mean inflamed gums while at the advanced stage results in infection which destroys supportive gum tissue, bone, and ultimately, experiencing tooth loss.

Treating gum disease is determined by the level of the infection. Gingivitis, which is the early stage, can often be reversed with better daily oral care combined with more frequent dental cleanings. If it is at the periodontitis stage, more invasive treatments may be needed to keep vital bone from deteriorating and teeth being lost.

Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once is the core of a good oral hygiene practice. Flossing reaches the areas which a toothbrush can’t, such as between teeth and around the gumline. This helps control harmful plaque from building up and hardening. Adding an oral rinse to your daily care can reduce plaque and support teeth. For example, fluoride mouthwash keeps tooth enamel stronger and triclosan–an antibacterial and antifungal ingredient–kills plaque while treating gum tissue inflammation.

A topical antiseptic can kill the harmful bacteria that are infecting your gums. Penicillin is an antibiotic that kills damaging microorganisms.

Oral surgery may be used to remove the infected gum tissue so healing can take place. A gingivectomy is the procedure where the diseased gum tissue is cut out. Gingivoplasty is the procedure where we reshape the healthy gum tissue around the tooth for support.

Would you like to know more about your treatment options for gum disease? We invite you to call Fine Periodontics at 864-299-5900. Our periodontist, Dr. Norman B. Fine and team in Greenville, South Carolina are ready to help you restore your oral health.