Periodontal Therapy is the diagnosis, planning, treatment, and on going care of the structures that surround the teeth. These structures include the gums, ligaments, bone, and secondary tissues that support the teeth and their function.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE GUM DISEASE?
At your first visit we will evaluate your gum tissues, and make a determination. After discussing your treatment options we can make a treatment plan that will address your needs, and result in a healthy, comfortable smile.
-Many people do not need special periodontal treatment. In this situation we will do a Routine Cleaning and schedule you for your next cleaning in six months.
-Some people do not have Periodontal disease, but are at risk to develop gum disease. In these cases, often the best treatment is a Full Mouth Debridement (the removal of tarter, plaque, and trapped food debris above the gum line). Full mouth debridement is followed in a couple of week by a regular cleaning after the gums have been allowed to heal, and the patient develops better home hygiene. This is a “catch-up” procedure, and often has to be done if a patient has not had a cleaning in two or more years. You may will need a follow up cleaning about 2-3 weeks after a Full Mouth Debridement, then usually regular six month cleanings after that.
-Once a patient has developed gum disease more aggressive procedures are needed. Periodontal Scalings may be needed to halt the progression of bone loss around the teeth and prevent the loss of teeth. Periodontal Scalings are often performed in sections of the mouth in multiple visits, and may involve the use of local anesthetics. Patients needing scalings usually need cleanings every 3-4 month to maintain their proper oral health.
-In advanced periodontal disease situations often the best next step is to consult with a Periodontist (gum disease specialist). We have wonderful practitioners in the area we have built trusted professional relationships with, and can refer you to an office that can offer advanced treatment of the gum tissues.