Have you, or someone you know, been diagnosed with gum disease? If so, you are probably wondering what you can do about it—and how long it will take. The answer is that it depends upon a number of factors, including how advanced the gum disease is, what treatment options you choose, and how quickly your body heals.
Gum Disease in the Beginning Stages
If your gum disease has not progressed very far, the good news is that treatment is simple, easy, and quick. Simply beginning to observe regular dental hygiene practices is the first thing that you can do. Brushing at least twice a day (but preferably after every meal) will help, but to really combat gum disease you have to floss regularly. Regular flossing is defined as flossing at least once in ever 24-hour period. This will help clean the tooth below the gumline where your toothbrush cannot reach. It will also be more effective at cleaning in between your teeth. In addition, you should see us on a regular basis. We can give your teeth the deep cleaning that you just can't get at home. Through a procedure called scaling and root planing, we can clean the teeth below the line of your gum tissue. This will help your gum tissue begin to heal, and within a short period of time your gum disease will be gone.
Gum Disease in the Intermediate and Late Stages
Treatment for gum disease is widely varied in the later stages. This is because the treatment you will need will largely depend on just how far the disease has progressed. We can help in a number of ways. One option is to have surgery to reduce gum pockets which may have developed as the gum disease progressed. Of course, this is only necessary in extreme cases, and it can take a number of weeks for the process to be completed. In most instances, however, surgery will be unnecessary. Come see us if you have any questions about gum disease treatment.
Century Dental Dr. Jefferson Call, DMD & Dr. Dix Densley, DDS