The treatment of periodontal disease varies based on the stage and severity of the disease. During your diagnosis, your dentist will determine which stage you are in and design the best treatment plan for your specific case.
If you are in the beginning stage of gingivitis, the disease can typically be treated with regular cleanings and improved oral hygiene. Your dentist will discuss on-going home care options and schedule any follow up appointments as necessary.
For the more advanced stages of periodontal disease, a special process called scaling and planning is needed. During the treatment, the mouth is numbed while the tartar, plaque, and bacteria are removed from above and below the gums. After the tartar is removed, the rough patches are smoothed to restore the teeth’s natural shape and finish. By removing the toxic portions of the teeth, the surrounding tissue can heal. Depending on the severity of the damage, Dr. Krobath or Dr. Thakker may prescribe medicated mouth rinses to accelerate the healing process.
If the pockets do not improve after scaling and root planning, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths and make the teeth easier to clean. At this stage, your dentist may also recommend that you see a Periodontist, a specialist of the gums and supporting bones.