Gum disease treatment starts at home. If you know your symptoms—usually red or puffy gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, and/or gum recession—you can start by upping your brush/floss game. Brush at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and consider adding a quality mouthwash to the mix. Your materials should be quality as well—if it’s been more than 3 months since you replaced your toothbrush, do it soon. And make sure it’s a soft-bristled brush.
The first step in gum disease treatment at the office is usually a form of deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing. This is the only way for our expert in gum disease treatment in Van Nuys to remove all the calculus—or hardened plaque—that’s accumulated below the gums. Once this removal happens, gums usually halt their recession and periodontal pockets recede.
Once any pockets you developed are back to normal, you may be good without further treatment. If you regress or your symptoms return, the dentist may need to perform gum flap surgery to restore inflamed bone. In even more severe cases, you may require a gingivectomy or gum grafting to replace destroyed bone.
Contact our dentist in Van Nuys for more information.