Gum disease is treated in a variety of ways, depending on the stage of disease, how you responded to previous therapies, and your overall health. Following a complete periodontal evaluation, treatment options range from non-surgical therapies to surgical procedures. Bacterial growth can be controlled using non-surgical methods. Surgical techniques repair the tissues that surround and support the teeth. Dr. Little, our experienced dentist in Portland, Oregon, can provide you with the most modern and successful gum disease treatments and procedures available.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Bleeding gums
- Constantly bad breath
- Gum recession
- Sensitive teeth
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
Non-Surgical Treatments for Gum Disease
Scaling and Root Planing
Our skilled dentist utilizes specialized tools to remove tartar from the gum line during the scaling treatment. The gums are then reattached to the tooth surface after root planing smooths out uneven regions on the roots that gather bacteria.
Our experienced doctor can provide you with a professional dental cleaning at your routine dental appointment to remove plaque and tartar buildup from the tooth surfaces.
What Are Surgical Gum Disease Treatments?
The gums are lifted back and tartar is removed during this operation. In some circumstances, the damaged bone's uneven surfaces are smoothed. This reduces the number of places where disease-causing microorganisms can hide. The risk of major health problems caused by periodontal disease is also minimized.
This surgery involves using fragments of your bone, synthetic bone or donated bone to replace bone that has been lost by gum disease. The grafts act as a platform for bone development, which restores tooth stability. Tissue engineering is a new technology that encourages your body to rebuild bone and tissue at a faster rate.
Soft Tissue Grafts
This technique supports thin gums or fills in areas where gums have retreated. Grafted tissue, most commonly obtained from the roof of the mouth, is sewn into place, adding tissue to the afflicted area.
Guided Tissue Regeneration
This therapy stimulates bone and gum tissue development after the bone supporting your teeth has been removed. In conjunction with flap surgery, a thin mesh-like cloth is placed between the bone and gum tissue. This prevents the gum tissue from growing into the bone's place, allowing the bone and connective tissue to rebuild and better support the teeth.
Dr. Little, our expert dentist in Portland, Oregon, can help you with gum disease treatments. To book an appointment, visit Dentist in Portland, OR at 4455 Sw Scholls Ferry Rd Suite 101 Portland, Oregon, 97225, or contact us at (503) 291-0000, (503) 292-6677.