Gum Disease Treatment
It’s quite common for people to assume that brushing and flossing their teeth is all they need to do to care of their mouth but that is not really the case. Taking care of the gums is equally important as the gums hold the teeth in place. Whether your goal is to prevent gum disease or to treat a current infection, there is a gum treatment available for you here at Lifetime Dental.
Proper Gum Maintenance Care
- Dental Cleaning – one of the most necessary steps to keeping your gums healthy is to get regular dental cleaning. Dr. Afzali will remove plaque and tartar that has stuck around the corners of your teeth and gums. It is often recommended to get dental cleaning at least twice a year.
- Scaling and Root Planing – this is a more intricate cleaning procedure as it involves using a local anesthetic to ensure you don’t feel pain. Once the anesthetic has kicked in Dr. Afzali will then scrape off the tartar and plaque above and below the gum line. This is referred to as scaling. Planing is when the dentist smoothens areas of the teeth so that the gums can re-attach and keep the tooth in place. This procedure is often done when your teeth has hardened plaque around it, known as calculus.
Surgical Gum Treatment
- Flap surgery – also known as pocket reduction surgery, this type of treatment involves the dentist lifting the gums back in order to remove all of the tartar deposits. Once the area has been thoroughly cleaned the gums will then be stitched back on to fit snugly around your teeth.
- Bone and tissue grafts – with this procedure, Dr. Afzali may use synthetic bone or a bone from your own body to re-supplement the bone in your jaw that may have been destroyed by gum disease. This is a similar case with tissue grafting, with the extra tissue commonly taken from the roof of your mouth.
Never assume that brushing your teeth is enough. Take the time needed to regularly floss in order to get rid of plaque that is stuck between the teeth and caught in the gums. More importantly, always see your dentist for teeth and gum cleaning to avoid getting any sort of gum disease such as periodontitis.
When in need of gum treatment you may call our office in Rancho Cucamonga by dialing (909) 483-0812 for inquiries or to schedule an appointment.