New Options for Treating Gum Disease
Gum disease is a particularly insidious infection that can reach advanced stages with few noticeable symptoms. Treatments have traditionally included nonsurgical scaling and root planing, and a variety of surgical procedures. Today, researchers are developing a variety of new options for treating gum disease.
One of these treatments involves the use of a medication that blocks the breakdown of bone, which occurs in response to the inflammation associated with gum disease. This medication, which is classified as a bisphosphonate, is delivered in a gel that is applied to the roots of the teeth after scaling and root planing has been performed.
In a study using this new medication, patients were treated with this gel or a placebo. X-rays and other tests were performed at the time of the treatment, and again two to six months after treatment. Patients who were treated with the bisphosphonate gel had a significant improvement their gum health, with reduced pocket depths and improved bone quality compared to patients who were treated with the placebo.
Early treatment is always best. Watch your gums for signs of gum disease, which can include swelling, puffiness, redness, and bleeding. As the condition progresses, your gums may pull outwards from the teeth creating pockets, or recede downward.
More studies are needed to evaluate this and other treatments, but these advances offer patients more treatment options and more hope. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Frame or to learn more about periodontal surgery.
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