Advanced Gum Disease Treatment and Periodontal Therapy
If you are at risk for gum disease or have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, schedule your appointment with Dr. Mathew Hookom for an oral evaluation. Dr. Hookom offers several gum disease treatment options and innovative gum surgery alternatives. We work hard to help our patients be free of an infection and can help you achieve optimal oral health with proven techniques and innovative procedures.
Learn more about gum disease treatment and gum surgery alternatives by scheduling your appointment with Dr. Hookom today!
Periodontal Disease Treatments We Offer
Maintain healthy gums and prevent long-term damage with periodontal maintenance treatments. Periodontal therapy is an ongoing program that prevents gum disease and bone or tissue loss. It is typically necessary for patients with periodontal disease and may involve regular deep cleanings and the use of an antibacterial mouthwash.
Scaling and Root Planing
One of the earliest signs of gum disease is deep pockets forming around the tooth. Scaling and root planing is one of the gum surgery alternatives available at our practice and works to eradicate plaque and tartar buildup causing the pockets, and smooths out the surface of the teeth. This allows the gum tissue to properly reattach to the tooth structure.
Also known as flap surgery, this gum disease treatment works to decrease pocket depth and makes it easier to keep the teeth clean. The gum tissue is lifted away to provide direct access to the tooth and the surface is cleaned and smoothed. Next, the bone surrounding the affected tooth is smoothed to ensure proper healing. Stitches are then placed to hold the gum tissue in position as it heals. Osseous surgery is usually performed after scaling and root planing has been attempted.