Treatment of Gum Disease

(PeriClean® does not prevent nor treat gum diseases. Use a PeriClean ultra soft toothbrush to clean your teeth as part of an active effort to avoid receding gums.)

Depending on the severity of the condition, treatment for gum disease may include non-surgical and surgical procedures. Healthy gums are the Skin of Your Teeth®. That’s why it is so important to treat gum disease at its earliest stages. Often, gum disease begins with gingivitis. Untreated, gingivitis may progress to more serious forms of gum disease that cause tooth loss and other health problems.

Non-surgical Treatment of Gum Disease

  • Deep Cleaning – A mild case of receding gums may be effectively treated by a professional deep cleaning, also known as tooth scaling and root planning. This type of treatment removes plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth, as well as their roots below the gum line. When plaque is not removed daily with brushing and flossing, it hardens into tartar that can only be removed by a dentist or hygienist. During the deep cleaning, a dental professional also smoothes, or planes, the exposed root area to make it more difficult for bacteria to stick to it.

Surgical Treatment Gum Disease

More advanced cases of gum disease are treated by surgery performed by a dentist or periodontist (a specialist that treats diseases of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth). The following surgical procedures are used, depending on the severity of the disease:

  • Pocket Depth Reduction – Receding gums and periodontitis can cause gums to pull away from the teeth and create gaps or pockets where harmful bacteria may breed. During this procedure, the dentist or periodontist will fold back the receded gum tissue and remove the bacteria from the pockets. Next, the pockets are eliminated or reduced when the surgeon repositions the gum tissue snugly over the exposed tooth roots.
  • Regeneration – In severe cases of receding gums and periodontitis, regeneration will spark the growth of lost bone and tissue. First, the gum tissue is folded back to remove bacteria in the pocket. Next, a regenerative material is applied to stimulate the body to regenerate new bone and tissue. The gum tissue is repositioned snugly over the tooth roots.
  • Soft Tissue Grafts – A connective tissue graft involves gum tissue from the palate (roof of the mouth) or from another donor source to cover one or more exposed roots. This gum disease treatment restores the gum line and helps reverse serious gum disease.