Periodontal Treatments in Evanston, IL
Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatments
Gum disease can cause a lot of problems with both your oral health and overall health. Some cases of acute periodontal (gum) disease that does not respond to more conventional treatment options and self-care, such as flossing, may require a special kind of cleaning called scaling and root planing. Let’s look at how the scaling and root planing procedure works.
What is Scaling and Root Planing?
We start the scaling and root planing procedure with the administration of a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort. Then a small instrument called a “scaler,” or an ultrasonic cleaner is used to clean beneath your gum line to remove plaque and tartar. The root surfaces of the tooth are then planed and smoothed to allow the gum tissue to heal and reattach itself to the tooth.
Surgical Periodontal Treatments
If you have been diagnosed with periodontal (gum) disease, your dentist might recommend periodontal surgery. The purpose of periodontal surgery is to remove the disease to improve your oral health. Let’s look at three different types of periodontal surgery:
- Gingival Flap Surgery – If pockets are greater than 5 millimeters in depth, the procedure would be performed to reduce the periodontal pockets. Gum tissue will be cut from the teeth to conduct a thorough deep cleaning.
- Gingivectomy – This type of periodontal surgery will be conducted to remove excess gum tissue that may be overgrown on the teeth. In doing so, it can provide a better area to clean the teeth.
- Gingivoplasty – Lastly, this next periodontal surgery reshapes the healthy gum tissue. If someone has tooth recession where the gum is pushed away from the tooth, gingivoplasty can also be performed.
After the periodontal surgery is performed, it is important to properly clean the teeth and gum tissue with a toothbrush and an antimicrobial mouth rinse.
Please contact our office for more information on periodontal treatments in Evanston and the steps needed to continue to improve your oral health and well-being.