Periodontal Disease Treatment
What is Periodontal Disease Treatment?
Gum disease is a serious dental condition that results in pocketing that forms between the teeth and gums. Over time, this pocketing gets wider and deeper, causing your teeth to become loose and affecting underlying bone. Treatment of gum disease is incredibly important, and it’s best to begin treatment early on before the condition is allowed to get worse. Some forms of periodontal disease are more aggressive, so they progress quickly without treatment.
Why is Periodontal Disease Treatment needed?
If you fail to treat your periodontal disease, it can and eventually get worse. You’ll notice that your gums are swollen, inflamed, red and that they bleed constantly. Over time, the teeth can become loose and you may even begin to develop bone loss around the area of the gum disease. Before it is able to get to this point, it’s recommended that you begin treatment specific to your dental needs.
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Who is a good candidate for Periodontal Disease Treatment?
In order to benefit from treatment, you should have mild to severe gum disease. We can check for gum disease by probing the gums around each tooth and checking for pocketing. Pocketing that is deeper than about 3mm may signal gum disease and other periodontal conditions. When you receive a periodontal disease diagnosis, we’ll immediately begin creating a treatment plan for you.
What can you expect with Periodontal Disease Treatment?
There are several types of periodontal disease treatment options. Some treatments are geared to patients who have milder versions of the disease, while others are specific for patients with severely advanced or aggressive forms of periodontal disease. We can create a treatment plan with you to ensure that you receive the quality care that you need. Some of the best treatment options for those with gum disease include:
- Scaling and root planing (deep cleaning)
- Pocket reduction surgery
- Laser therapy
- Soft tissue grafting
- At-home treatment and maintenance
- Proper oral hygiene tools and techniques