Periodontal treatment is the prevention and treatment of gum disease, also known as periodontal diseases. Those gum diseases include:
- Gingivitis: inflammation of the gums
- Periodontitis: A serious inflammation of the fibers and bone that hold the teeth in place
- Gingivitis, if left uncontrolled, often progresses to periodontitis.
What treatments work for gum diseases?
- Non-surgical periodontal treatment involves a procedure called scaling and root planing. It’s also known as “deep cleaning.” In this procedure, we numb up the teeth in question. We then carefully scale and remove bacterial and tartar accumulations on the teeth and under the gums, which are firmly attached to the teeth roots. By removing these toxins, the inflammation will subside and the tissues will reattach to the root surface, giving you back proper periodontal support. This is often the first line of treatment for peridontitis. Scaling and root planing has stood the test of time, and is considered a gold standard. After the procedure is done, it is crucial for you to maintain good hygiene at home, or the gum disease may return. You may experience some temporary and mild pain or sensitivity. Typically an over-the-counter pain reliever is sufficient.
- Surgical treatment is usually performed by a gum specialist, also known as a periodontist. Surgery often is reserved for extreme cases of periodontitis. In gum surgery the gums are opened up with an incision, and bacterial accumulations and diseased bone and tissues are careful removed using a drill. The gums are then sutured back up.
- Extraction and implants: sometimes, if the disease is too advanced, the tooth may not be savable. We may recommend an extraction, followed by a bone graft, followed by a thorough evaluation for possible implant placement. See implant section for more info.
Remember your at-home dental care: your gum health depends on it
Even those effective procedures are useless if you do not maintain good oral hygiene and come in for regular dental checkups. For patients who received scaling and root planing, we often recommend coming in every 3-4 months for perio-maintenance cleanings. At these appointments we will chart the progression of the gum disease, and look for relapses or improvements. Follow-up appointments are crucial.
Next step: a complimentary gum consultation
Pure Dental Arts provides personalized care and we make it easy to obtain the treatment you need, with flexible financing. We also offer Saturday hours and extended hours during the week, for your convenience. Please contact our Queen Anne, Seattle dental office to arrange a complimentary consultation.