What Periodontal Treatment Is Best for Treating Your Gums and Your Overall Health?
Signs that you need periodontal treatment
Healthy gums hug the tooth and are firm and light pink. Some signs that there’s an issue with your gums include:
- A bright red or purple color
- Pain while chewing
- Spaces between teeth that weren’t there before
- Gum recession
- Change in bite
- Bleeding gums
- Sore gums
- Bad breath
If you notice any of these signs, you might have unhealthy gums and should get it checked out by a dentist or periodontist.
Types of periodontal treatment
Non-surgical treatments are less expensive and less invasive. Non-surgical treatments include scaling, root planing, and antibiotics.
Gum graft surgery solves the problem of gum recession. It protects the root of your tooth and makes your teeth easier to clean.
LANAP laser treatment is a procedure that reattaches gum tissue, causes new bone growth, and decreases periodontal pocket depth – all without the use of a scalpel or sutures. LANAP reduces inflammation without damaging or removing healthy gum tissue and slows or stops gum attachment loss. It also helps patients recover from chronic infection that’s associated with periodontal disease.
Dental crown lengthening reduces the gumline and makes teeth look better. Sometimes periodontists do this procedure so they can clean the tooth at the root.
Dental implants are artificial roots that are placed in the jawbone as an anchor for a crown or bridge.
Regenerative procedures reverse some damage that was done by periodontal disease.
Pocket reduction procedures remove some of the space around the root and keep bacteria out.
Plastic surgery procedures make gums look better with no medical need.