Unhealthy gums can encourage infection, recede, and eventually lead to tooth loss. If you're in need of expert gum treatment, Danielle Wehle, DDS, and George Kuo, DDS, at Willow Glen Dental Care in San Jose, California, can help. They offer minimally invasive ways to address moderate to advanced gum disease as well as performing procedures like frenectomies. For healthy teeth and gums, call Willow Glen Dental Care today or book an appointment online.
The most common reason for requiring gum treatment is periodontal (gum) disease. This serious condition develops when harmful oral bacteria create an infection, which can lead to bone loss in your jaw, wobbly teeth, and lost teeth.
Another gum treatment you or your child might need is a frenectomy. The frenum is a piece of soft tissue connecting your lip and gum. If it's too large, it may be uncomfortable; or it could cause a gap between the two front teeth. A frenectomy reduces or removes the frenum.
If the Willow Glen Dental Care team diagnoses gum disease, they can offer various treatment options depending on your situation and the severity of your condition. They always begin with the least invasive, non-surgical options.
One of the main types of non-surgical gum treatment is scaling and root planing. In this procedure, your provider uses an ultrasonic cleaning tool to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth.
The cleaning device can reach places regular brushing can't access, including under the gumline and around the tooth root.
After scaling, your provider performs the planing part of the process to smooth out the rough surface of your tooth and its root. This provides a clean, healthy exterior that helps the gum tissue to reattach to your tooth.
If you receive gum disease treatment before your condition becomes severe, you may only require scaling and root planing. More advanced cases of gum disease might require surgical interventions.
There are several surgical options that might be necessary for severe gum disease. These include:
To perform flap surgery, your provider lifts your gums away from your teeth to remove tartar deposits buried in deep pockets. Then they sew the gums back into position.
You might need a bone graft to build up the lost jawbone and provide a sturdy foundation for dental implants. Or you may need a tissue graft to restore gumline recession.
Willow Glen Dental Care also uses laser dentistry techniques to restore your gum health. Laser dentistry is particularly useful for patients who have concerns about receiving treatment for gum disease because it offers greater comfort.
In order to keep your teeth in good shape and prevent gum disease in the future, you must brush and floss daily and have regular dental checkups. Even after a comprehensive scaling and root planing, neglecting your oral hygiene is likely to lead to the return of gum disease.
To arrange your gum treatment, call Willow Glen Dental Care or book an appointment online today.