Gum Disease Treatment In Santa Ana / Costa Mesa CA
Clearly, periodontal disease is rampant and can lead to severe complications. With most Americans suffering from gum disease at some point in their lives, understanding their treatment options is crucial. Dr. Mata performs a wide range of gum disease treatment options depending on the severity of gum disease and each patient’s health status.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing are performed if you have gingivitis or moderate to severe periodontal disease. Using ultrasonic tools, the plaque is scraped away from the tooth’s surface, particularly below the gumline. The tooth root is smoothed to promote healing and reattachment of the gum tissue and prevent bacteria from recolonizing.
No matter how effective scaling and root planing are, the results will not last without an effective antibiotic. Arestin® (minocycline hydrochloride) kills the bacteria that cause gum disease. Arestin is placed into the pockets in the gums after scaling and root planing, attacking bacteria immediately. It continues to work for up to 90 days.
Osseous Surgery (Pocket Reduction Surgery)
In cases of severe periodontal disease, Dr. Mata may perform osseous surgery. This is a simple procedure to fold back the gumline to remove bacteria and plaque along the roots of the teeth. This prevents bacteria from spreading throughout the body and eliminates inflammatory response and bone loss from infection.
Guided Bone & Tissue Regeneration
This relatively new treatment option involves thoroughly cleaning degenerated bone pockets in the jawbone of patients with advanced gum disease, then installing a membrane between the pocket and the mouth’s soft tissues. The membranes allow slow-growing bone tissue to establish itself, offering a “scaffold” for it to build on. Limitations to this procedure include a strict postoperative diet and care. Learn more about guided bone and tissue regeneration.
Maintenance therapy is the final, ongoing treatment stage for patients treated for active periodontal disease. Periodontal maintenance helps prevent gum disease from returning by continually monitoring gingivitis and tartar buildup and removing any plaque.
Please visit the individual pages for each treatment discussed above to learn more about the various gum disease treatment options mentioned here. If you would like an appointment with Dr. Mata to be evaluated for gum disease or to discuss periodontal treatment options, contact our office at Santa Ana / Costa Mesa Office Phone Number 714-556-5156.