Gum Disease Treatment from Kevin C. Lucky, DDS PLLC
The Most Effective Gum Disease Treatment in West Virginia
The most effective gum disease treatment depends on the stage of the disease, your overall health, and how well you responded to any previous gum treatments in the past. Kevin C. Lucky, DDS PLLC, with convenient offices in Beckley, Summersville, and Webster Springs, WV, provides the most effective gum disease treatment to suit your individual needs.
What Are the Risks of Getting Gum Disease?
You may have an increased risk of getting gum disease if any of these contributing factors are part of your experience:
- Are pregnant
- Grind or clench your teeth
- Family history of gum disease
- High stress
- Use of tobacco products
Certain types of prescription medication for birth control, antidepressants, and heart disease may also increase the risk of gum disease, so tell your dentist about any medications you take regularly.
Non-Surgical Therapies for Gum Disease
PROFESSIONAL DENTAL CLEANINGS
During a regular checkup, your dentist or dental hygienist removes the plaque and tartar. Plaque that builds up and hardens on the tooth surface can only be removed with professional cleaning, from above and below the gum line of all teeth. If you have some signs of gum disease, your dentist may recommend professional dental cleaning more than twice a year.
SCALING & ROOT PLANING
This deep-cleaning, nonsurgical procedure, done under a local anesthetic, whereby plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line are scraped away (scaling) and rough spots on the tooth root are made smooth (planing). Smoothing the rough spots removes bacteria and provides a clean surface for the gums to reattach to the teeth. Scaling and root planing is done if your dentist or periodontist determines that you have plaque and calculus (hardened plaque, also called tartar) under the gums that needs to be removed.
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With either of these non-surgical therapies, you may be prescribed or instructed to use a special regimen of mouth rinse to do at home. Similar to daily brushing and flossing, the rinse helps combat the accumulation of dental plaque, tartar, or bacterial germs that contribute to gum disease. The use of these certain rinses is done under the doctor’s direction to help ensure successful treatment outcomes.
What to Expect With Gum Disease Treatment?
The dentist or periodontist performs most of these procedures right in the office. The severity of your disease and time needed to do the procedure will be a factor in how much discomfort you may have and how much time you will need to heal. This varies from person to person and can depend on your overall health. Most often, local anesthesia is used to numb the treatment area so patients need not worry about general anesthesia concerns or being put to sleep. Additional medication may be provided to help you relax, so be sure to speak with the dentist about your gum treatment anxieties.
Both prescription and non-prescription medicines and toothpastes may be used to treat mild to moderate gum disease. Advanced gum disease requires more extensive or surgical treatment. The doctor will let you know if you are a candidate for gum restoration services.