Gum treatment, also known as periodontal treatment, is a set of procedures performed to treat gum disease, also known as periodontitis. Gum disease is a serious oral health condition that can lead to gum recession, tooth loss, and other health problems if left untreated.
Gum treatment may involve one or more of the following procedures:
- Scaling and root planing: This is a deep cleaning procedure that involves removing plaque and tartar from below the gumline and smoothing the roots of the teeth to prevent further buildup of bacteria.
- Periodontal surgery: In advanced cases of gum disease, surgery may be necessary to remove damaged tissue and reshape the gums to make it easier to maintain oral hygiene.
- Laser therapy: Some dentists may use laser therapy to remove infected tissue and promote the growth of healthy tissue.
- Medications: Antibiotics or other medications may be prescribed to help control bacterial infections and promote healing.
- Bone grafting: In some cases, bone grafting may be necessary to help rebuild bone that has been lost due to gum disease.
- Depigmentation of gingiva using biolase laser.
- Frenectomy using laser (pain less).
- Removal of lesions, such as Epulis, Mucocele using laser.
The specific treatment plan for gum disease will depend on the severity of the condition and the individual needs of the patient. Regular follow-up appointments with the dentist or periodontist are important to ensure that the gums are healing properly and to prevent further damage to the teeth and gums.
Good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing regularly and getting regular dental check-ups, can help prevent gum disease from developing or becoming more severe.