Procedures for Treating Gum Disease

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Have you been struggling with gum disease and wondering what treatments there are? Exact treatment would depend upon your individual diagnosis, but the possible types of treatment are explained below.

Nonsurgical Treatment
The first step in treating gum disease is scaling and root planing. During this treatment, the dentist or hygienist will scrape plaque and tartar from your teeth and root surfaces and smooth away rough spots to help keep bacteria from gathering there. This is normally done in more than one visit for different areas of the mouth and a local anesthetic can be used to help you stay comfortable. After each procedure, the gums will heal and reattach to the new clean surface.

Pocket Reduction Procedure
If you have pockets in your gums that are too deep for scaling and root planing alone to remove all the bacteria and allow your gums to fit snuggly around your teeth, a procedure called pocket reduction or flap surgery may be recommended. This procedure involves going deeper to remove infection and bacteria from damaged bone, so the gums can reattach properly.

Gum Grafts
Gum recession can leave your roots exposed and unprotected. If this is the case, gum grafts can be done to cover the exposed root. This is done by taking tissue from your palate or another area and forming gum tissue around the exposed root.

Regenerative Procedures
Periodontitis, gum disease, left untreated can lead to bone loss. If you have experienced bone loss, our periodontists may recommend a bone graft. This procedure is done by eliminating bacteria from the area and then placing a natural or synthetic bone along with proteins that stimulate the tissue to help your body regrow bone and tissue.

If you have concerns about gum disease, please call D & D Periodontal Associates, P.C. at 212-759-7763 in New York, New York, for an appointment. Our periodontists, Dr. Daniel and Daria Royzman, would be happy to go over a treatment plan with you and answer any questions you may have.