Gum treatment is the treatment of active gum
and jaw bone disease. Gum disease treatment can slow or stop
the progression of gum disease. Since there are different stages
of gum disease (from gingivitis to advanced periodontitis), there
are different levels of treatment. In some cases, the patient may
be referred to a specialist.
Gum treatment consists of one or more of the following procedures,
depending on the individual case:
Scaling and Root Planing
and Root Planing is a common non-surgical treatment for periodontal
disease. By using special instruments, Dr. Fallin removes bacteria and infection from the unhealthy deep pockets around
the teeth below the gum line. This is often referred to as a "deep
First the tooth is scaled to remove the plaque and tarter
that has accumulated on the tooth.
Then the root is planed or smoothed. This eliminates any
rough areas on the root that can easily trap plaque and bacteria.
smooth clean root provides a healthy environment to allow the gums
to heal naturally and reattach to the tooth. This will create a
reduced pocket, therefore eliminating areas for bacteria to hide
and cause further disease.
Scaling and Root Planing combined with a strict home care routine
and more frequent periodontal cleanings and exams will increase
your chances of keeping your natural smile.
Irrigation is usually performed after scaling and root planing.
Irrigation is the placement of antibiotics below the gum line.
Strict Home Care Regimen
A home care routine specific to the patient's individual needs
may be prepared to prevent the patient from relapsing.
Antibiotic Rinse or Oral Antibiotic Medication
An antibiotic will sometimes be prescribed for home use during
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