Treatments for gum disease in Beverly Hills
If you are experiencing any of the signs of gum disease, the earlier you are treated, the better it could be for your oral and overall health. Dr. Massaband takes a holistic approach to dentistry, understanding that the body systems work together and oral health cannot be separated from general health. The treatments for gum disease will reflect the severity of the problem and may include:
Specific antibiotics can assist in reducing the impact of gum disease. The antibiotics fight the bacteria, reducing inflammation and hindering the development of a protein that damages or destroys connective tissue.
Scaling and root planing
Scaling removes plaque and tartar lodged below the gum line, and root planing smooths the tooth root's surface to help the gums reattach to the teeth more easily.
Pocket reduction surgery
This treatment involves separating the gums from the teeth in the area to remove spaces where bacteria can flourish. The gum is then reattached to the teeth.
Periodontal laser treatments can treat the inflamed tissue around the tooth root.
Guided tissue regeneration
Tissue regeneration can be stimulated by removing bacteria and placing grafting material to stimulate the growth of new jawbone and gum tissues.
This procedure creates a flap-like incision in the gums, allowing for the removal of the diseased gum tissue in a deep gum pocket (between teeth and gums).
Soft tissue grafting
Gum tissue grafting is an advanced treatment for gum disease. Depending on the patient's condition, connective tissue grafts may be used to resolve exposed tooth roots. Gingival grafts use tissue harvested from the roof of the mouth and then attached to the gum to resolve gaps and thin gum tissue. Pedicle grafts involve grafting tissue harvested from the gum near the tooth. This flap is called a “pedicle.” The flap is then pulled over the exposed root.
If gum disease has led to bone loss, bone grafting material can be put in place to keep the jaw healthy and increase the chances of avoiding tooth loss.