Periodontal treatment involves cleaning all of the teeth above the gum surface as well as below the gumline. It requires the removal of debris and toxins that build up below the gumline causing harm to the supporting structures of the tooth.
How to prevent Periodontitis
90% of all systemic diseases are inflammatory in nature. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and bones around the teeth. It’s caused by the bacteria that grow naturally in your mouth. If the bacteria are not removed thoroughly on a daily basis, they will increase in numbers and cause inflammation and infection of your gums. Your gums will bleed when you brush. If there is no intervention at this point, the inflammation will spread to the bone that supports the teeth. When the bone becomes inflamed, it will begin to die causing the teeth to get loose. If there is no intervention at this point, you can lose your teeth. Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth decay in adults and is largely a preventable disease.
You can prevent periodontitis (also known as periodontal disease) by brushing and flossing daily and seeing your dentist for regular hygiene appointments. This will allow for the mechanical removal of the sticky substance that’s called biofilm that forms on our teeth almost immediately after brushing. The bacteria will stick to that sticky film and will remain there unless we remove the plaque daily. Take care of your teeth and you will keep them for life.
Periodontal Treatment Options
For most patients, our first treatment of choice for periodontal disease is nonsurgical intervention. This is also called deep scaling and root planing and may require anesthesia if the treatment is uncomfortable. Some clinicians may also offer laser therapy.
Surgical options for periodontal disease treatment include pocket reduction, bone regeneration, and other more involved surgical procedures that are performed by a specialist known as a Periodontist.