Dr. Matthew Warlick is proud to offer gum disease treatment to patients in Tulsa, Broken Arrow and surrounding areas of Oklahoma. Gum Disease affects millions of people and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. People who are affected by Gum Disease may have swollen gums that bleed whenever the teeth are brushed. In severe cases, plaque can build up under the gum line and cause pockets of pus to form. While Gum Disease can be the result of poor oral hygiene, other factors such as a patient’s health and heredity play a role in the development of Gum Disease. Tobacco users are also at greater risk of developing Gum Disease than no-users.
One methods used in the treatment of Gum Disease is a deep root cleaning. During this procedure, which is performed by a dental hygienist, the gums will be numbed slightly. The hygienist will then scrape plaque and tartar away from the root area. Rough spots on the root of the tooth may be planed, so that bacteria have less space to accumulate. Patients may be given a prescription mouth rinse to aid in removing infection.
In severe cases, surgery might be needed to correct Gum Disease. Dr. Warlick might operate on the gums to move damaged bone so that the gums fit snugly to the teeth. This reduces the amount of space where tartar can develop. If some of the bone has already been damaged, bone grafts may be needed. Soft tissue grafts can also be performed to fill in areas where the gums have receded. Several procedures may be necessary, depending on how far the Gum Disease has advanced.
Once Gum Disease is under control, the best way to prevent a flare-up is to brush and floss the teeth on a regular basis. Patients who are unable to do so properly because of crowded teeth may want to consider braces to straighten them. Dental cleanings may need to be performed three times a year in order to keep plaque and tartar from building up under the gum line.