How Are Periodontal Diseases Treated?

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Should I be concerned about gum disease?How Are Periodontal Diseases Treated?

The treatments for periodontal disease depend on the severity of the disease. When it is caught early, and no damage has been done to the structures under the teeth, you may simply be given instructions by your hygienist on how to improve your care of your teeth at home. When periodontal disease becomes more severe, your hygienist may need to help clean your teeth. The first step usually involves a special cleaning, called scaling and root planing. In this procedure, the hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar deep down in the tooth. This area is called the periodontal pockets. This treatment may need to be done over several visits. Spreading this procedure over several visits allows the gum tissue to heal and reattach itself to the tooth. This type of deep cleaning is sometimes called a periodontal cleaning.

Periodontal disease can become painful, and so your dentist may recommend medication that can help control infection and pain, as well as aid in the healing process. These medications can include a mouthrinse, a pill, or something that the dentist puts directly in the periodontal pocket after scaling and root planing. After this appointment, the dentist or hygienist will look at your teeth and gums in a few weeks to see how they have healed. Depending on how the disease is doing, it may be necessary to perform more treatments.

Periodontal Disease will not go away by itself. If it is not treated properly, a patient may need surgery to save the teeth. Getting treatment early is always the best option to save your teeth.

Care After Treatment

After you have completed a periodontal cleaning, your dentist may recommend more frequent cleaning by your hygienist. This will help to keep your periodontal disease under control. Sometimes, your dentist may recommend that you alternate your cleanings between your regular hygienist and periodontist.