There are several gum disease treatments available in Oshawa, depending on how you have responded to previous treatments, the stage of gum disease you are in, and your overall health.
The two types of treatment
There are basically two types of treatment; surgical and nonsurgical.
The nonsurgical treatments include;
- Professional dental cleanings
- Drugs such as antibiotics and antimicrobials
- Toothpaste that contains fluoride
- Scaling and root planing(deep cleaning)
The surgical treatments for gum disease include;
- Flap or pocket reduction surgery in which the gums are lifted back and tartar removed. During this procedure, areas of irregular surfaces are often smoothed out to stop areas where bacteria that causes disease and damage can hide
- Bone grafts to provide a secure platform for new bone growth which helps stabilize loose teeth. This procedure will use pieces of your own bone, synthetic material, or cow bone
- Gum grafts will generally take tissue from the roof of your mouth to fill in areas where the gum has receded
- Guided tissue regeneration is done with flap surgery and a small piece of mesh is placed between the bone and gum to stimulate new growth when the bone that supports your teeth has been destroyed
- Bone surgery smooths out shallow craters in the bone due to moderate or advanced bone loss
Options for those who don’t have dental insurance
Not everyone can afford dental insurance in order to take care of their teeth and gums.
Here are some options for treating gum disease at home to reduce the symptoms or advancement of gum disease;
- Brush and floss a minimum of twice a day
- Avoid sugary foods and drinks
- Use mouthwash that is made for gingivitis or an antimicrobial mouthwash if your primary care physician will prescribe one for you.