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If you have gum disease, there are many ways it can be treated. Typically, the earlier stages of the disease can be treated with non-surgical treatments while the later stages can be treated with surgical treatments. To tell you a little more about these procedures, our dentist, Dr. Christopher M. Granillo, DDS, LLC, would like to give you some details.

Non-surgical treatments include scaling and root planning and periodontal maintenance. Scaling and root planning involves thoroughly removing the plaque and tartar from below the gumline. Then, your dentist will smooth the root surfaces to promote healing. If needed, antibiotics will be used to help the healing process. Periodontal maintenance involves specialized deep cleaning treatments more often than the typical six months required for a routine checkup.

Surgical treatments include pocket depth reduction, regeneration, and the use of soft tissue grafts. Pocket depth reduction involves cleaning the teeth and gums, opening the affected gum tissue to remove bacteria, recontouring the damaged bone, and repositioning the gum tissue. Regeneration involves treating the gum tissue the same way as the reduction treatment, except your dentist will use membranes, bone grafts, or tissue-stimulating proteins to help the body regenerate healthy bone and gum tissue. Soft tissue grafts involve your dentist taking healthy tissue from the roof of the mouth or other areas and using it to repair the gums.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about treatments for gum disease in Tucson, Arizona, please contact Christopher M. Granillo, DDS, LLC at 520-298-5556 when you get the chance. Our dental team will be more than happy to help you.