Gum Disease Treatment

Treating Gum Disease at Mint Dentistry

Mint Dentistry of Woodland Hills offers gum disease treatment that aims at reversing your infection. Your individual treatment depends on how severe the disease is. Certain stages can be reversed on your own, while more severe stages require advanced treatment.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, features stages of infection. The earlier you receive treatment, the better off your oral health will be. When the bacteria in your mouth are overwhelmed with plaque and tartar, it begins to attack your gums. The initial stage of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums. Typically, this can be detected by swollen, red gums that bleed easily. This stage can be reversed with proper oral hygiene; brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for a professional cleaning.

If gingivitis is not reversed successfully, then it may take the form of periodontitis, which is inflammation around the tooth. At this stage, your body increasingly begins to fight off the infection in your mouth, resulting in a receding gum line, broken down tooth bones, as well as broken down connective tissues that hold your teeth in place. If severe enough, teeth may become loosened and fall out.

Gum disease treatment at this stage could take different approaches depending on what your experienced Woodland Hills dentist determines is the best course of action. More work will be required the longer you wait and the more severe your periodontitis is.

Typically for gum disease treatment involving gingivitis, Mint Dentistry of Woodland Hills will recommend:

  • Deep cleaning using scaling and root planning techniques.
  • Medication to fight off the infection in combination with deep cleaning.
  • Motivating you to stay on top of your oral hygiene routine, morning and night. (We encourage an effective clean after every meal)

Gum disease treatment involving severe periodontitis will most often involve a surgical procedure in order to correct your mouth and prevent further deterioration:

  • Flap surgery
  • Bone and tissue grafts
  • Gum grafts
  • Bone surgery

Most often, deep cleaning is enough to reverse gum disease. In case it does not, your Woodland Hills dentist will be right by your side, ensuring your comfortability. We want the best for your teeth and most importantly, your oral health.

Contact us today @ 818-716-0297 or simply fill out our contact us form online to learn more or inquire about our gum disease treatment plan or about other dentistry services we offer.

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