The treatment most needed for your periodontal disease will depend on how far your gum disease has progressed. Treating gingivitis can look much different than treating advanced periodontitis.
When the disease is caught early enough, you may just require a few additional cleanings, and then follow some special at-home instructions to improve your daily hygiene habits.
But if it has progressed further, scaling and root planing may be indicated. This is typically done in quadrants, as the mouth is anesthetized. The pockets and roots of the teeth will be cleaned, and any rough spots and will be smoothed to prevent tartar from adhering again. This will allow the pockets to shrink, halting the progression of the disease.
Medications, special medicated mouth rinses or gels, and an electric toothbrush may be recommended to help control infection and promote healing.
Sometimes the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planing. In this case, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean. Your dentist would recommend that you see a periodontist (specialist of the gums and supporting bone) for any surgical intervention.
Dr. David Brusky is skilled and experienced in the realm of periodontal disease. Call (920) 662-1440 today to schedule your dental consultation.