Although everyone knows they need to have healthy teeth, not everyone is so clear why healthy gums are essential. Of course, those who have suffered the inconvenience and widespread problems of gum retraction certainly know better.
Finally, gums disease can negatively change the appearance of the teeth, increase the likelihood of painful cavities, and make eating and drinking uncomfortable by exposing the roots of the teeth, which over time can result from the disease. So, it is perfectly logical that those who have dealt with gum disease should know the best treatments for this problem.
The benefits of gum treatment
- It should be obvious why you should address potential oral health issues. Anything that doesn’t feel or look good is a sign that something is wrong and that you are not in good shape. Surprisingly, a lot of people take things for granted. What they don’t know is that seemingly more minor problems can turn into more significant problems.
- Without proper gum treatment, you could at least suffer from bad breath and bleeding. However, this can easily lead to bacterial infections. This could penetrate the gingival tissue and bones that form the base of the teeth. Then there may be tooth loss, and in some people, the soft tissues and bones can be so damaged that dentists have no choice but to use robust solutions.
- A person with untreated gum disease has many harmful bacteria in his mouth. Every time you eat, drink or brush, these bacteria are released into the bloodstream and travel throughout the body. The bacteria and chemicals that the body releases to fight them can aggravate many chronic health conditions (see above). For this reason, a clean and healthy mouth is essential for better overall health.
- One of the most frustrating aspects of gum disease is that it does not cause pain in the early stages, which means that by the time the victim notices some discomfort, the damage is already done. For this reason, constant checks and close contact with the dentist should always take precedence. If left untreated, teeth can fall out, which is an extremely painful and expensive option because dental treatment options are limited
- Healthy gums help prevent diabetes – Promote healthy gums and prevent diabetes by restoring healthy oral bacteria. Two unique strains of bacteria have been shown to improve gum health: Bacillus coagulans and Streptococcus salivarius. In combination with strict oral hygiene, healthy bacteria protect the oral cavity from “bad” bacteria and, in particular, help relieve inflammation throughout the body in muscle tissue.
Types of gum treatment
The gum treatment depends on a number of factors, such as the stage of the problem, your response to previous treatment, and your general health. There are two types of treatment for gum problems – non-surgical and surgical.
Today we will understand and find out more about this. Non-surgical treatment controls bacterial growth, and surgical treatment is more of a restoration procedure. Treatments for gum disease that do not involve surgery are listed below:
- Tooth cleaning
As the name suggests, the dentist at Tranquility Dental Wellness or dental hygienist removes plaque and tartar. All teeth are cleaned above and below the gingival line. If you feel that you have any signs of gum disease, your dentist will recommend this professional cleaning twice a year.
- Scaling and Root Planing
This is a more comprehensive cleaning procedure. This gum treatment includes removing the plaque and tartar from above and below the gum (scaling). After scaling, the rough spots on the teeth are smoothed (this is called root smoothing). The idea of smoothing the surface of the teeth is to remove bacteria and give the gums a clean surface to reattach their teeth.
- Surgical gum treatment
Flap surgery/pocket reduction surgery
In this procedure, the gums are raised so that the tartar can be removed. This is the most important step in treating gum disease. Your periodontist will perform this operation so that the tartar deposits can be removed. This attempts to shrink the gingival pocket and eventually make it easier for the dentist and patient to keep this area clean.
- Bone and Tissue Grafts
Your periodontist may even suggest that you have a bone and tissue transplant, in addition to flap surgery to cure gum disease. Bone grafting is a way to encourage the new growth of bone or gum tissue that has been affected by periodontal disease. Another procedure performed with bone grafting called tissue regeneration. In this additional procedure, the dentist will insert a mesh-like tissue between the bone and gingival tissue. This prevents gum tissue growth in the area where only bone should be present, thus facilitating connective tissue growth.
The gum treatment results will depend on many factors, such as the severity of the disease, good oral hygiene, and whether you smoke or not. If you are a smoker and have had gum treatment, the chances of recovering from your gum problem are minimal. So stay healthy and maintain healthy habits.