When it comes to most dental procedures, the vast majority of patients immediately think of something fairly painful and gruesome. The truth is, however, that not every trip to the dentist, and not every treatment should be evasive to resolve your lingering dental issues.
Depending on the problem, sometimes you can leave surgery aside, and you can undergo non surgical gum treatment as an alternative.
Let’s face it, gum disease is no joke, and every time you need to remedy a problem such as this, you should always let your dentist assess the situation and advise the best possible course of action.
Luckily, if you are looking for options to treat gum disease, or any other type of dental problem, finding a good professional isn’t that hard. And if you are suffering from this problem as we speak, here’s a handful of facts you should know about this procedure so you know what to expect when you finally visit your dentist.
When Is a Non-Invasive Gum Therapy Procedure an Option?
In most cases, these are the most preferred courses of action when the condition of the gums hasn’t deteriorated to an advanced level yet. We all know and dread gingivitis, which is a prime example of gum problems that you can treat with great options without the need of having one, or several surgeries.
Gingivitis is caused by an accumulation of plaque along the lines of the gums. This buildup, if not cleaned regularly, can lead to inflammation in the gum tissue as it produces toxins that irritate it.
When this happens, your gums start to swell, appear reddish, and most likely, you’ll experience some bleeding every time you brush your teeth.
Apart from all this, you may also experience slight soreness or tenderness during flossing. If the gingivitis is at a more advanced stage, the pain will be more pronounced. Fortunately, if you’re looking for gum therapy Miami has exceptionally good dental professionals who can help you with a simple approach to the problem, by removing the buildup and soothing the inflammation.
As the first line of defense, most dentists will turn to administer a type of topical or localized medication to avoid surgery. When opting for these, they may come in some form of ointment that your dentist applies directly to your gums. In other cases, they can be administered through the form of injections.
The main goal here is to restore the gums as fast as possible with the least amount of discomfort. Luckily, in most cases, these therapies prove to be effective and nothing more is needed.
Root Planing and Scaling
Sometimes, medication won’t be enough to treat the issue properly. In these cases, your dentist may decide to use a combination of other procedures known as scaling and root planing to ease symptoms and to cure the infection.
You might have heard of them and might even confuse them (as most people do), however, they actually differ quite a lot.
Scaling: This procedure removes the buildup that’s on the surface of the tooth. This might be a major part of curing the infection since it can contribute quite a lot to the problem.
Root planing: This procedure removes the bacteria that are located just below the surface of the gum. This is usually used when the problem is at a more advanced stage, however, not to the degree that surgery is needed. Combined with the use of locally administered medication, your dentist will be able to cure the disease.
These methods are basically super-deep cleaning options with electronic scalers that clean the teeth along with specialized tools for cleaning the roots as well. This means that your dentist will gently open up the gaps between the gums and your teeth, and smooth off the surface of the tooth. This allows the gums to reattach more firmly on a much smoother surface.
During scaling and root planing, your dentist makes sure to get out the bacteria of these gaps which will help to restore gum health and may also prescribe antibiotics afterward to help you with recovery.
This combination can be pretty effective to eradicate gum disease and to help you get back on track with your oral health. The longer gingivitis goes untreated, the worse the symptoms get and may lead to even more serious problems like losing your teeth.
Tray Delivery Systems
The administration of your medication can also happen at home with tray delivery systems. This can be really beneficial and convenient if your condition takes several rounds to bring back under control.
To use it, all you need to do is to fill the tray up (that’s customized by taking an impression of your teeth) with the medication and placing it over the affected gum area. Naturally, you’ll need to keep your mouth closed to hold it in place for a certain amount of time that will be specified by your dentist.
As the tray is on your teeth, the medication in it interacts with the gums, getting rid of the remaining bacteria. Apart from that, it can help with healing as well, as wearing the tray will ensure that the bacteria level in the gums remains low.
Depending on the severity of your condition, you’ll have to wear the tray for a certain amount of time. The specifics will be most likely discussed with your dentist after they’ve assessed your needs.
Few Things You Should Know
When it comes to these procedures, you should know that root planing and scaling may cause slight discomfort, however, it won’t be painful. To be on the safe side, you can always opt for anesthesia that will numb up your mouth before these treatments commence.
To ease your discomfort even more effectively, you can always use painkillers within the first 24 hours after you’re done with the procedure. In most cases, this is enough to eliminate any lingering pain or discomfort.
The other thing you should know is that full recovery will take a bit of time since the gaps that your dentist opened between your gums and teeth will take a bit to re-adhere. While your gums are healing, make sure to be extra careful when brushing your teeth and flossing. In most cases, your dentist will tell you exactly what to do and how to do it to be safe.
In most cases, this is all you need to restore the health of your gums and stop gum disease from deteriorating your oral hygiene.
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As you can see, you can regain your healthy smile with these few simple steps. If you happen to have any more questions regarding gingivitis and our services, feel free to reach out to us and schedule an appointment. On the other hand, stay on our blog page to learn more about good oral hygiene practices.