Treatment Options for Gum Disease

January 24, 2016 - By Bruce Michaelson
Treatment Options for Gum Disease

Periodontal gum disease is a serious illness that not only affects the oral cavity and teeth but has the potential to gradually progress and affect the entire body. The bacteria that causes the disease is present in the mouth and may gain access to the blood supply; allowing it to spread throughout the body and affect different organs and body parts. The bacteria can cause cardiovascular diseases and heart problems if it gains access to the heart and surrounding blood vessels, and respiratory infection if it reaches the lungs.

Prevention and Early Diagnosis

If every person takes regular dental care measures to ensure their dental hygiene then the chances of encountering this disease can be substantially reduced. Besides this, even if the symptoms begin to show up it is crucial that patients visit a dental clinic in Dubai immediately! Because an early diagnosis means greater chances of a full recovery and also minimize patient suffering.

Treatment Options

Gum disease involves the inflammation of the gums; this weakens its structure and eventually affects the tooth’s bone, which is holding it in its place. This causes the loosening of the tooth from its place and even complete tooth loss in patients.

The occurrence of this disease has increased at an alarming rate over the years. And with medical and dental outcomes being so disastrous, medical practitioners have been forced to develop methods and techniques to overcome this disease.

The Conventional Route of Treatment

  • Scaling and Root Planing
    This is a nonsurgical treatment procedure that involves deep and thorough cleaning of the tooth and its root.  The tooth’s surface, the periodontal pockets (where the bacteria may hide) is cleaned to remove plaque and tartar. And the tooth’s root is cleaned and smoothened to remove all bacterial toxins. Although effective, patients have to undergo continuous maintenance therapy to maintain their dental health and prevent the disease from recurring.
  • Traditional Gum Surgery
    Patients who have a more severe case of the disease may be advised surgical treatment. Traditional surgery involves the surgeon to use a scalpel, sutures and grafts. To clear away the bacteria and plaque from pocket sites where the bacteria may reside and restore the gum tissue back in its position, when the procedure is completed. Because this procedure makes use of a scalpel, patients have to go under anaesthesia and the healing time can be painful with complications like bleeding and swelling being common occurrences. However, overall this is an effective surgical treatment option.
  • Laser Gum Surgery
    Despite being effective, traditional surgery makes use of an invasive approach for treatment that prolongs the time needed for healing and induces greater pain in patients, which is why laser gum surgery in Dubai has been introduced as a viable alternative. This procedure makes use of a highly specialized laser that removes the bacteria from the mouth with greater precision and accuracy, without making any cuts, or leaving any marks to look back at. Patients do not have to go under anaesthesia and the healing time is also reduced.
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