Periodontology (Gum Treatments)

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Gum treatments primarily fall under the field of periodontology, which is a specialized branch of dentistry dealing with periodontal diseases.

Periodontology focuses on:

  • The health of tissues surrounding the teeth,
  • Diagnosis of any periodontal issues occurring in these tissues, and
  • Treatment planning for various periodontal problems, including advanced surgical procedures for gum and periapical tissue treatments.

What are periodontal diseases? What treatments are applied?

Periodontal diseases are infections that affect the supporting tissues surrounding the teeth. These diseases can include:

Gingivitis: It is inflammation of the gums and is often caused by the accumulation of dental plaque. It manifests with symptoms such as redness, swelling, and bleeding of the gums.

Periodontitis: If gingivitis progresses and is left untreated, it can turn into periodontitis. Inflammation in the gum pockets deepens, potentially causing damage to the surrounding tissues. Loss of bone tissue supporting the teeth may occur.

Periodontal Abscesses: These are a more severe form of infection in the gum pockets and can lead to pockets filled with pus.

Treatments may include:

Professional Teeth Cleaning: Regular cleanings performed by a dentist or dental hygienist to remove dental plaque and tartar.

Scaling and Root Planing: A deep cleaning procedure to remove plaque and tartar from gum pockets and smoothen the root surfaces.

Surgical Interventions: Surgical procedures may be necessary to correct severely damaged gum or bone tissue. Procedures such as flap surgery, bone grafts, and gum grafts can be considered.

Antibiotic Therapy: In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed to combat inflammation.

Treatment can vary depending on the severity, extent of the disease, and the overall health of the patient. Early diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases are crucial as they can cause more permanent damage as they progress.

How Long Does Dental Scaling Take? Is It a Painful Procedure?

You can get rid of dental tartar in approximately 30 minutes per session, unless in extreme cases. Generally, the procedure does not reveal intolerable pain for our patients. However, if a deeper cleaning is required based on the examination, you can undergo a comfortable treatment process with the use of local anesthetics.

Do I need to have it done regularly?

No. The most important point here is to increase the care you apply to your mouth. Remember, the biggest cause of tartar formation is your lack of oral care. After the procedure, our expert dentist will provide you with a detailed oral hygiene education. Your responsibility is to implement the new and correct oral care protocol to the best of your ability. Using your usual toothbrush more effectively and, if necessary, starting to use dental floss are the most basic preventive measures that will reduce the frequency of tartar cleaning.



After dental tartar cleaning

After dental tartar cleaning, patients may experience cold sensitivity; however, this condition usually resolves on its own within 2-3 days. The tooth structure regains its healthy appearance within one or two weeks after the removal of external factors, and complaints of odor and bleeding decrease and eventually cease.



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