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Gum Disease Treatment & Care in Shakopee, MN

 Periodontal Disease.Periodontics is a form of dental care specifically concerned with restoring oral tissue, including gums, to health. Treating gum disease and correcting the damage caused by this condition is an important part of periodontal care.  Periodontal disease can be successfully treated early by a Shakopee dentist. Even patients suffering from advanced stages of the condition can recover and enjoy great oral health again; the team at Arhart Dental can help.

Treatment Options

When diagnosed with periodontal disease, a number of different treatment options might be considered based on far the condition has advanced. Treatment solutions include:

  • Scaling and Root Planing. These deep-cleaning techniques are the best starting point to control gum disease. Plaque and calculus (tartar) are removed from beneath the gum tissues, using hand scalers and/or ultrasonic instruments.
  • Gum Grafting. Sometimes it's necessary to replace areas of lost gum tissue so that tooth roots are adequately protected. This can be accomplished by taking healthy gum tissue from one area of the mouth and moving it to where it is needed, or by using laboratory-processed donor tissue.
  • Periodontal Plastic Surgery. When used to describe surgery, the word “plastic” refers to any reshaping procedure that creates a more pleasing appearance of the gum tissues.
  • Periodontal Laser Treatment. Removing diseased gum tissue with lasers can offer significant advantages over conventional surgery, such as less discomfort and gum shrinkage.
  • Crown Lengthening Surgery. This is a surgical procedure in which tooth structure that is covered by gum and bone tissue may need to be exposed either for cosmetic reasons (too make the teeth look longer and the smile less gummy) or to aid in securing a new dental crown.
  • Dental Implants. Today's preferred method of tooth replacement is a titanium dental implant, which is placed beneath the gum line and into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. The implant is then attached to a realistic-looking dental crown that is visible above the gum line and indistinguishable from a natural tooth.

Preventing Gum Disease

How to Floss Your Teeth

Dental plaque is the main cause of periodontal disease, so it's essential to remove it every day with effective brushing and flossing. This doesn't mean scrubbing, which can actually cause your gums to recede. 
Of course, there are some areas of the mouth that a toothbrush and floss just can't reach, which is why it's so important to have regular professional cleanings at the dental office. Your regular dental exam is also a time when early signs of gum disease can be detected — before they become apparent even to you.

Eating a nutritious diet low in sugar, and staying away from tobacco in all forms, will also increase your periodontal health — and your chances of keeping your teeth for life.

 

Discover Improved Oral Health

Our team at Arhart Dental provides excellent treatment to help teeth and gums resist disease. If you have any questions about treatment or care, give us a call at 952-445-3349. You can also schedule an appointment online. We look forward to hearing from you!

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