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Treatments for Gum Disease

Posted on April 26, 2012 — by Thomas G. Zarger Jr., D.D.S.

Knoxville Gum Disease TreatmentGum disease affects millions of Americans each year. The good news is, the disease can be effectively treated through a variety of surgical procedures, non-surgical treatments, and medications. When treating gum disease, the primary goal is to control the infection that causes the condition. Your dentist or other dental professional may recommend some lifestyle changes in order to treat your gum disease, such as stopping smoking and improving brushing and other oral health habits.

The experts at our Knoxville cosmetic dentistry practice have experience helping patients treat gum disease. Our dedicated dental professionals will fully evaluate your individual medical condition and determine the best treatment plan for your gum disease. For some of our patients in Knoxville, dental implants, scaling and planing, and gum tissue surgery may be included in your treatment plan.

The results of gum disease treatment depend on many factors, including how advanced the disease is and the patient’s oral care practices. There also are important risk factors to consider, such as smoking, which can greatly reduce the chances of successfully treating gum disease.

Non-Surgical Treatments for Gum Disease

In many cases, gum disease can be treated by a dentist removing the plaque from the teeth in a deep-cleaning method called scaling or root planing. In scaling, the tartar is scraped off the teeth from above and below the gum line in an attempt to eliminate gum disease. In root planning, the dentist removes rough spots on the tooth root where germs can gather. This technique also helps remove bacteria that can contribute to gum disease. 

Some planing and scaling procedures involve using a laser to remove plaque and tartar. This high-tech treatment method can result in less swelling, bleeding, and pain than traditional deep cleaning methods and may be a better treatment option for patients.

Using Medications to Treat Gum Disease

Patients who are nervous about surgery or for other reasons are not good candidates for surgical treatments of gum disease may opt to treat the condition with medications. While we may recommend using specific prescription medications as part of your treatment plan, the following medications are commonly used to treat gum disease:

  • Prescription antimicrobial mouth rinse
  • Antiseptic gelatin
  • Antibiotic gel
  • Enzyme suppressant
  • Oral antibiotics

Surgical Treatments for Gum Disease

When non-surgical and medications are not an option for treating gum disease or where inflammation and deep pockets remain in the teeth following deep cleaning or medications, surgery may be the most effective means of treating gum disease. The following surgical procedures may be used:

  • Flap Surgery
  • Bone and Tissue Grafts

Contact Our Knoxville Cosmetic Dentistry Practice

If you have gum disease, our Knoxville dental professionals are here to help you be healthier. Gum disease can be a serious medical problem and is not something to take lightly. Patients should not avoid consulting a qualified medical professional at an early stage, since effective treatments for advanced gum disease may be limited. Dr. Thomas G. Zarger and our friendly staff have experience helping patients treat gum disease and get back on the path toward better health. Contact us today to schedule a free gum disease treatment consultation.

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