How is periodontal disease treated?
Periodontal disease is very treatable, but cannot be fully cured. The most appropriate treatment method will depend on how advanced the gum disease has become.
We can treat gingivitis by ramping up the patient’s oral hygiene, perhaps using an antibacterial mouthwash, and monitoring the condition. With good care, gingivitis is reversible.
If the patient’s condition has already progressed to periodontitis, the most effective treatment will likely involve scaling and planing, which cleans between the teeth and gums to remove the infection. An antibiotic treatment may also be prescribed to help clear out the infection. Patients who have advanced gum disease will need to be seen on a regular basis to ensure the condition does not progress.
After the completion of your periodontitis treatment, you will be scheduled for regular ongoing maintenance care. These visits will involve a thorough professional cleaning and monitoring of your oral health to ensure the disease does not recur and progress further.
We recommend scheduling your periodontal maintenance visits and your general dentistry visits on an alternating schedule. This ensures you are receiving the proper care and treatments for your oral health needs in a timely, consistent manner.
Patients who are experiencing symptoms of gum disease can be sure that when they visit Advanced Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, they have access to high quality care and effective treatments that will restore their oral health.