Gum Disease Treatments
In order to determine the treatment modality that best meets your needs, we are going to evaluate the extent of the damage caused by gum disease to develop a conservative initial plan. A dental hygiene evaluation will determine if plaque (soft deposits on the tooth) is being removed on a daily basis.
Next, calculus (also known as tartar) must be removed through a professional cleaning, and sometimes through the additional procedures of deep scaling and root planning. A local anesthetic may be administered during these procedures. We may also administer antibiotics to treat bacteria housed in the pocketed areas of the gum, and recommend a medicated mouthwash to be used as a regular part of your home regimen.
If periodontitis has progressed to the extent where you have deep periodontal pockets and considerable bone loss, surgical therapy may be required.
Even when your periodontitis is under control you will still need to follow ongoing periodontal procedures to maintain your oral health. This ongoing treatment lets us evaluate your periodontal health and ensures that your infection stays under control. During these re-evaluation appointments, your mouth will be examined, new plaque and calculus will be removed, your teeth will be professionally polished and your bite will be checked.