Treatment of Periodontal Disease

Treatment of periodontal disease depends on the type and severity of the disease.  Your dentist will determine a personalized treatment plan based on your specific condition at the time of diagnosis.  Treatment usually begins with scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) of the teeth above and below the gum line to remove the existing calculus, plaque, and staining.  This may take more than one visit and your dentist or hygienist will generally numb the areas being cleaned to make you comfortable during the procedure.  This procedure helps gum tissue heal and reduce sulcus depth.  Your dentist may prescribe medicated mouth rinses, medications, and an electric toothbrush may be recommended to help control infection and healing.

 

If the disease persists, or the sulcus depths do not heal after scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce sulcus depths, making teeth easier to clean.  Your dentist may also recommend that you see a Periodontist (specialist of the gums and supporting bone).