J&J Dental Care is committed to improve your health. Our main emphasis is on prevention. Preventing disease is less costly and more rewarding than correcting problems once they occur. Total patient care is our treatment goal.
Gum treatment is the treatment of active gum and jaw bone disease. Gum disease treatment can slow or stop the progression of gum disease. Since there are different stages of gum disease (from gingivitis to advanced periodontitis), there are different levels of treatment. In some cases, the patient may be referred to a specialist.
Gum treatment consists of one or more of the following procedures, depending on the individual case
Scalling and Root Planing is a common non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease. By using special instruments, dentist removes bacteria and infection from the unhealthy deep pockets around the teeth below the gum line. This is often referred to as a "deep cleaning."
First the tooth is scaled to remove the plaque and tarter that has accumulated on the tooth. Then the root is planed or smoothed. This eliminates any rough areas on the root that can easily trap plaque and bacteria. A smooth clean root provides a healthy environment to allow the gums to heal naturally and reattach to the tooth. This will create a reduced pocket, therefore eliminating areas for bacteria to hide and cause further disease.
Scaling and Root Planing combined with a strict home care routine and more frequent periodontal cleanings and exams will increase your chances of keeping your natural smile.
Gingivectomy is a surgery that removes and reforms diseased gum related to serious underlying conditions. Gingivectomy is performed in a dentist's office, primarily done one quadrant of the mouth at a time under local anesthetic. Clinical attachment of the gum to teeth and supporting structures determine the success of the surgery. Surgery required beyond gingivectomy involves the regeneration of attachment structures through tissue and bone grafts. Usually dilantin, a drug used to treat seizures in epileptics can cause overgrowth of the gums, especially in persons who do not brush their teeth regularly. And certain other common drugs can cause similar conditions with dilantin is blood pressure medications (Cardizem), birth control and hormone replacement drugs (Progestogen) and immunosupressive agents (cyclosporine). Better oral hygiene generally reduces this complication. This type of gingival enlargement can be prevented by good hygiene, but once it occurs, the only way to eliminate it is through surgical removal of the excess tissues or gingivectomy.