Posted: June 4, 2015
There are a variety of options when it comes to treating gum disease. The right treatment will depend on your overall health, the extent of the gum disease, and how you have responded to earlier treatments. Dr. Frank can perform treatment options which range from cleaning and scaling to oral surgery.
Our Hudson County dentists will always strive to treat gum disease with the most conservative methods possible. In most instances, we can get your gum disease under control without surgery.
Non-surgical treatments for gum disease include:
- Dental Cleanings: regular dental cleanings remove the plaque and tartar that can allow gum disease to get established. If your gum disease is mild, more frequent cleanings may be all that is needed.
- Scaling and root planing: If plaque and tartar have begun to develop below the gum line, scaling or root planing may be needed. This consists of a deep cleaning between the gums and teeth down to the roots, and it’s one of the most effective treatments for early stages of gum disease.
Surgical treatments for gum disease include:
- Flap surgery/pocket reduction surgery: This surgery involves pulling the gums back to remove tarter, and then placing the gums so the gum tissue fits snugly around the teeth to reduce the space where harmful bacteria can grow.
- Bone grafts: In some serious stages of periodontal disease, even the bone can be affected. Bone grafting can be done to replace bone lost to decay.
- Soft tissue grafts: Also called gum grafts, this procedure uses tissue from the roof of the mouth to rebuild gums that have receded.
If you are suffering from gum disease, early treatment will give you the best outcome and help you avoid the need for more invasive procedures. During your regularly scheduled dental checkups, Dr. Frank will evaluate the health of your gums in order to detect gum disease in its earliest stages.
Please contact The Practice at Maxwell Place using the form at the right side of the page or call 201-792-9400 today to schedule a dental checkup. Dr. Frank DePaola serves patients in Hoboken, Jersey City, and throughout Hudson County, New Jersey.