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What is Gum Therapy?

Gum or Periodontal therapy is a way to combat gum problems and restore healthy gums. It promotes the regeneration of the gums. Gum therapy uses surgery as well as non-surgical techniques that include the following: Scaling and Root planning, Osseous surgery, and LANAP Laser.

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by Kumar T. Vadivel, DDS, FDS RCS, MS

Types of Gum Therapy Techniques:

Scaling and Root Planing is a deep cleaning technique that removes the plaque and tartar from beneath the gum line.

 

You might not know it but your dental hygienist only gets the plaque and tartar that is closest to the surface. They never go down deep enough to remove it all.

 

A dentist uses hand scalers and ultrasonic instruments in the scaling and root planing process. The procedure can be performed on your entire mouth in a single visit or divided into several different appointments, whereby only one or two quadrants of your mouth is scaled and root planed. Your dentist can tell you the advantages and disadvantages of each of the options.

 

Here’s how the procedure is done:

  1. Before this surgery, the gum is numbed with local anesthesia.
  2. The area under your gum line is cleaned to remove the tartar. The process involves shaping the root of your tooth to prevent further deposits of plaque in the area.
  3. Once the process is complete, you go home and wait for the anesthesia to wear off. You then resume normal life and normal eating habits unless your Dentist prescribes some medication or makes certain recommendations.

One of the problems of gum disease is that it eventually affects the bone that supports the teeth. Usually, bacteria grow in the pockets around the tooth.

 

Osseous or Gum Surgery is a process by which the affected bone is reshaped to reduce the depth of the pockets where bacteria grow. This technique is often recommended when other treatments such as scaling and root planing have failed to repair the pocket.

 

Osseous or Gum surgery involves the following steps:

  1. Identification of the problem tooth or teeth
  2. A tooth is in need of repair when a pocket develops around a tooth, which has a pocket depth of 5mm or more. An additional indicator maybe redness, inflammation, bleeding or swollenness in the gums surrounding the area.
  3. Local anesthesia is applied to the affected area.
  4. An incision is made in the gum tissue to access the root of the tooth and bone that holds it in place.
  5. Once the root surface is visible to the dentist, he thoroughly cleanses the surface with handheld dental instruments.
  6. Next is the reshaping of the bone to even it out, so that pockets don’t develop further. The bone that is reshaped then recovers fast as the body rushes to heal the area.
  7. Next the gum tissue is sutured so it’s in perfect alignment with the new bone structure shape. The stitches hold it together while the gum heals and regains its strength.

The surgery will cause some pain afterward since an incision has been made and stitching has been done. Your dentist will prescribe antibiotics and painkillers, and also recommend some precautions such as mild brushing for a couple of days, what kinds of food to eat, and so on. You’ll get a complete list of instructions for your after-surgery care.

Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), as the name suggests is a laser-assisted surgical process, which cleans out the infections below the gum line and in the bacteria-infected pocket.

In one 2007 study, LANAP had impressive results – it successfully reduced pocket depths and allowed regeneration of connective tissue to grow and fill in the areas damaged by the bacteria. Laser essentially vaporizes the bacteria causing the bone loss. Laser is known for its effects on stimulating the regeneration of collagen tissue and it worked here in the application on the teeth, too.

 

The LANAP is one of the advanced dentist’s successful strategies that make a big difference in reversing these gum diseases. Make sure you ask your dentist about LANAP if you have periodontal diseases.

 

Now that you know the different treatments that really get in the mouth and clean out the bacteria and the pockets, it’s time to learn what you’re going to do afterwards to prevent the same problem from happening again.

 

You might realize right now that some of these new treatments for gum disease were never offered to you in the past. You see that they are incredibly valuable and realize that it’s a comprehensive program you need, and you finally understand what your role in the process is. You’re ready to proceed right now and want to book an appointment.

 

To schedule a consultation with me, Dr. Vadivel at Implants & Gumcare, give us a call at our office today at 214-731-0123.

 

It’s time for a few more SECRETS of overcoming this problem once and for all.

 

But first, I want you to make sure you understand what types of procedures I do in my dental office.

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