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Have you recently developed sores along your gums? Are you a smoker, experiencing a period of high stress or suffering from an autoimmune disease? There's a chance you have necrotizing ulcerative periodontitis. This periodontal condition is essentially an advanced version of gingivitis that can destroy tissue and cause ulcers.
Luckily, treatment of necrotizing ulcerative periodontitis can reverse the symptoms if you visit your dentist soon. Here are a few of the potential treatment steps.
Light Cleaning and Antibiotics
During the initial exam to diagnose the condition, your dentist might perform a light surface cleaning to check for the level of infection present in your mouth. You might then receive a prescription for antibiotics to clear up that infection before your dentist continues with treatment.
You will also be expected to maintain diligent oral health care during this time. Use a soft toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Avoid any areas where there are open ulcerative sores. Your dentist might prescribe a mouthwash to help clean out those sores.
Antibiotics and oral health care changes might not be enough to completely eliminate the necrotizing ulcerative periodontitis. Your dentist may then recommend a deep cleaning process called scaling and root planing.
What does this process involve? The dentist will use ultrasound tools to essentially shake the plaque off sensitive tooth areas such as the roots and dental crowns. Traditional dental tools will then be used to gently scrape the rest of the tooth and gum area to remove all bacteria residue.
You will receive anesthesia before the procedure and may need to make multiple appointments depending on the severity of your condition. But recover time is relatively short since the procedure is non-surgical.
Root Canals and Tooth Restoration
If the scaling and root planing isn't enough to completely remove infection within a tooth, you might have to undergo a root canal. In a root canal, the dentist removes the dental crowns of your natural teeth. The infected material within is then scraped out of the tooth and the area is washed with an antibiotic solution. An artificial crown is then bonded to your tooth to close it back up.
If the necrotizing ulcerative periodontitis has advanced so far that actual structural damage has happened to your teeth, then you might also need to get fillings or have a tooth extracted and replaced with a dental implant. To learn more, contact a company like Willowdaile Family Dentistry with any questions or concerns you have.