Periodontal Disease Treatment Options including Oral Surgery
If Dr. Zadeh diagnoses a patient with periodontal disease, there are several possible courses of treatment, depending on how advanced the disease has become. For less severe cases, non-surgical treatments will be attempted first, in order to eliminate infection, reduce swelling, and promote healthy re-growth of receded gums.
For Mild Cases of Gum Disease
For mild cases of periodontal disease, Dr. Zadeh will recommend the least-invasive treatments. Usually, this includes an extremely thorough and deep cleaning, which cleans the surfaces of not just the tooth, but the gum pockets and the root as well. This is known as scaling and root planing. If an infection is already present, Dr. Zadeh will prescribe antibiotics, or he may prescribe antibiotics if he feels you are at great risk of developing an infection. With very mild cases, scaling and root planning will suffice, but more advanced cases may require the patients to return for additional treatments or cleanings.
Severe Gum Disease
For more advanced stages or forms of periodontal disease, surgery may be required. Dr. Zadeh performs four different types of periodontal surgery; pocket reduction, regenerative grafts, crown lengthening, and soft tissue grafts. For a pocket reduction, Dr. Zadeh will reduce gum recession and pockets by deep-cleaning the gums and removing any infected areas or areas that are filled with bacteria, so that the gums can re-attach to your teeth and the pockets can be filled. For regeneration, Dr. Zadeh will perform the same steps as in a pocket reduction surgery, but will also use bone grafts or tissue proteins in order to promote healthy re-growth of the gums. A crown lengthening procedure reveals more of your natural tooth, allowing Dr. Zadeh to repair teeth to which the infection has spread. This process makes fillings, crowns, or bridges available to the tooth. Soft tissue grafts are the opposite of crown lengthening procedures. Instead of exposing more of the tooth so that it can be repaired, tissue from elsewhere in your mouth is grafted to your infected gum area, in order to reduce the appearance of receding gums or to cover exposed tooth roots.
If you think you have gingivitis or periodontal disease, please call for a consultation today. Dr. Zadeh and his staff will be happy to discuss periodontal disease treatment with you.