Newmarket Dentist – Keep28 Dental Centre – Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease treatment in Newmarket depends on the severity of the condition. If our dentist discovers you suffer from gum disease, they recommend immediate treatment. These treatments will help control bacterial growth and restore supportive tissues.
During your regular checkup, you receive a professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar. If you are showing signs of gum disease, your dentist may recommend additional cleanings to those you have every six months. It is not an active gum disease treatment, but it often stops the disease from taking hold.
Patients with tartar under the gums receive scaling and root planing simultaneously with a dental cleaning. Scaling involves scraping plaque and tartar under the gum line, whereas planning involves smoothing the tooth’s root. For this procedure, you will receive a local anesthetic.
If your gum disease has already become periodontitis by the time you see our dentist, you will need surgery. The disease leads to large pockets in the gums, which provide more space for bacteria to grow. Our dentist will use surgery to reduce the size of pockets while removing tartar from under the gums. Our dentist will also smooth the damaged bone to prevent bacteria buildup.
After some time, the disease may start weakening your jawbone. When this happens, our dentist near you will use a graft to replace the damaged bone and stimulate growth. Our dentist can do the same with a tissue graft where gums have receded, usually taking tissue from the roof of your mouth and stitching it in place.
The most extreme cases of gum disease lead to craters in the bone. You will need bone surgery to smooth craters and make it more difficult for bacteria to accumulate.