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The simplest form of gum treatment involves scaling and polishing of the teeth. One of the objectives of scaling and polishing of the teeth, besides removing unsightly stains, is also to remove calculus and plaque that may jeopardize the long term health of the bone supporting our teeth.
Gum disease in general could be divided into gingivitis and periodontitis. The clinical signs of gingivitis may include red and puffy gums that bleed upon brushing and eating. Gingivitis is the reversible form of gum disease, that is, with good brushing and flossing, the redness of the gums will subside and no further damage of the surrounding bone will occur. Periodontitis is the more serious form of gum disease. Unlike gingivitis where only the gums area is involve, the damage caused by periodontitis extend down to the supporting bone resulting in formation of gum pockets and may lead to mobility of the teeth. Gum pockets once formed may be difficult for the patients to clean. If no treatment is carried out, perpetual food trapped in the pockets and difficulty in carrying out good oral hygiene may cause the gum condition to deteriorate resulting in the loss of teeth.
Routine maintenance care like scaling and polishing alone is not adequate to treat the more serious form of gum disease. More extensive treatment like the full mouth gum assessment, root planning and even gum surgery may be needed.
With the advancement in dental care, dentists are now able to enhance the areas of deficient bone around the teeth. Guided Tissue Regeneration (GTR) procedure is one procedure where bone and gum tissues can be re-created to support the teeth.
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