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How Treating Gum Diseases Varies With Severity

Jun 12, 2024

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We will today uncover the secrets that delve deep within your gums.Yes, you read it right. Gum diseases are an overlooked domain of oral health. Let's learn the importance of treating gum diseases with respect to its severity and also educate ourselves on what are the consequences if left untreated. Join us as we gain an understanding of  the vital role gum health plays in our overall well being. 

Like every other disease, gum diseases also vary in their severity.For better          understanding, how about we categorize the severity in three levels: Mild, Moderate and Severe. The choice of treatment depends upon the level of severity that an individual is at. The treatment looks something like this :

  1.  Mild and Moderate periodontitis or periodontal pockets (gum diseases) are commonly treated with the help of non surgical treatments. Non-surgical treatments include Antibiotics and the process of Scaling and Root Planing (SRP). Oral antibiotics are prescribed to help fight infection and prevent the condition from worsening further. Topical antibiotics are placed under your gums by the dentist to aim at the affected areas. The process of SRP however is a more detailed and deeper cleaning process. A local anesthesia is given to numb the gums which allow the dentist to clean away bacteria that are present deep inside your gum line. Dentists also smooth out the surface of your teeth which prevents the teeth from developing plaque and accumulating bacteria.

  2. Severe gum diseases on the other hand have several ways of treatment. Let's take a look at some of them. 

  • Flap Surgery : During this operation, a gum specialist makes a cut along your gum line and temporarily lifts your gum tissue away from your teeth. This allows the dentist to see the roots easily and clean them properly. If there is bone loss, the periodontist may reshape the bone ridge which makes the cleaning easier once the healing is done.

  • Dental bone grafts : If you have a lot of bone loss, your periodontist may recommend a bone graft. During this process, bone grafting material (your own bone,donated bone or a synthetic material) is placed in the areas where you have lost bone tissue. The graft serves as a frame for new bone growth. The goal is to prevent the teeth from further infection.

  • Gum Grafts : Gum grafts are a dental procedure used to treat gum recession. During the procedure, tissue from another part of the mouth (usually the roof of the mouth) is transplanted to the area with receding gums. This helps to cover exposed tooth roots, reduce sensitivity, and prevent further gum recession. Gum grafts can improve the aesthetics of the smile and protect the teeth from damage caused by gum recession. 

  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) : Your dentist or periodontist obtains platelet-rich plasma from a sample of your own blood. After taking a blood sample, they’ll spin it in a centrifuge to separate your plasma from your red and white blood cells. Next, they’ll place the platelet-rich plasma in deficient areas to encourage new bone growth. PRP accelerates the natural healing process, and improves treatment outcomes.

In summary, gum disease treatment depends on how serious it is. From simple steps like brushing and flossing to more advanced treatments like surgery, there are options for every stage. ORACURA has the best electric toothbrush and electric flosser to help you keep your mouth healthy at home. Remember, even mild to moderate periodontitis can be improved with consistent oral care routines. Take charge of your oral health today with ORACURAS innovative solutions.