Gum Disease (cont.)
If you have gum disease, your dentist may do a procedure called root planing and scaling. Root planing and scaling is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe. Root planing and scaling removes plaque and tartar buildup between the gums and the teeth down to the roots.
Your dentist may give you antibiotics to speed healing after root planing and scaling.
If your dentist can remove all the plaque and tartar from the roots of your teeth, and if you follow treatment with good dental care, your gums should heal and reattach to the teeth. You must brush and floss daily after root planing and scaling. Without proper dental care, your gum disease may get worse.
Other nonsurgical procedures that may be done to cure or prevent gum disease are:
- Gingival curettage, which removes the inner lining of the gums if it becomes damaged or infected.
- Splinting, which uses wire to secure loose teeth to one another to make them more stable.
Other Places To Get Help
|American Academy of Periodontology|
|737 N Michigan Avenue|
|Chicago, IL 60611-2690|
|Web Address: ||www.perio.org/index.html|
The American Academy of Periodontology is an association of dental professionals specializing in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and the supporting structures of the teeth. The Academy's purpose is to advocate, educate, and set standards that advance the periodontal and general health of the public and promote excellence in the practice of periodontics. The Academy publishes the Journal of Periodontology.
The Web site includes consumer information on gum disease and its treatment as well as a section on the latest research.
|American Dental Association|
|211 East Chicago Avenue|
|Chicago, IL 60611-2678|
|Phone: ||(312) 440-2500|
|Web Address: ||www.ada.org|
The American Dental Association (ADA), the professional membership organization of practicing dentists, provides information about oral health care for children and adults. The ADA can also help you find a dentist in your area.
|KidsHealth for Parents, Children, and Teens|
|10140 Centurion Parkway North|
|Jacksonville, FL 32256|
|Phone: ||(904) 697-4100|
|Fax: ||(904) 697-4220|
|Web Address: ||www.kidshealth.org|
This website is sponsored by the Nemours Foundation. It has a wide range of information about children's health, from allergies and diseases to normal growth and development (birth to adolescence). This website offers separate areas for kids, teens, and parents, each providing age-appropriate information that the child or parent can understand. You can sign up to get weekly emails about your area of interest.
|National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)|
|National Institutes of Health|
|Bethesda, MD 20892-2190|
|Phone: ||1-866-232-4528 toll-free|
|Fax: ||(301) 480-4098|
|Web Address: ||www.nidcr.nih.gov|
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is a governmental agency that provides information about oral, dental, and craniofacial health. By conducting and supporting research, the NIDCR aims to promote health, prevent diseases and conditions, and develop new diagnostics and therapeutics.