Periodontal Disease cannot be cured but can be maintained!
There are many surgical and nonsurgical treatments in the periodontal field, depending upon the exact condition of the teeth, gums and bone. A complete periodontal exam of the mouth will be done before any treatment is recommended or performed.
Here are some of the more common treatments for periodontal disease:
Scaling and root planing – The most conservative approach to treat periodontal disease is through scaling and root planing (deep cleaning). In order to preserve the health of the gums and bone, the bacteria and calculus (tartar), which initially causes the infection, must be removed. This treatment will be provided to you by your RDH (registered dental hygienist). The gum pockets will be cleaned and treated in a series of 4-5 appointments. We understand that at times dental cleanings can be uncomfortable and our hygienists are anesthesia certified to provide comfort at a patient's request. At times a prescribtion antibiotic can be used in conjuction with scaling and root planing to help alleviate the infection. A prescription mouthwash may be incorporated into daily cleaning routines.
Periodontal Surgery – Flap surgery is a surgical treatment which can be performed to provide definitive cleaning of the roots of the teeth and to reduce the pocket size around the teeth. This surgery is performed also to eliminate irregularities in the bone which foster the colonization of bacteria. At times your periodontist is able to add regenerative materials to assist in regrowing bone to help provide more support for your teeth.
Periodontal Maintenance - This treatment is used to help control and maintain your periodontal disease. Your dental hygiene appointments will be alternated on a more frequent basis between your general dental practice and our practice. A periodontal patient must have a periodontal recall every 3-4 months to maintain periodontal health as research shows. Your general dentist and periodontist work together as your primary care physician works with a specialist. As a team we assure that your dental health is our top priority!
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