Periodontal disease is a common problem, especially among older adults. It can start slowly and subtly with mild gum inflammation or gums that bleed when you brush and floss. If it is not diagnosed and treated in its earlier stages, conservative treatments may not be enough to control the infection. We may recommend more advanced periodontal disease treatment options that can treat the infection and prevent further damage.
Treatment options may include:
• Scaling and root planing
This is a deep cleaning procedure that can remove tartar and plaque even below the gumline.
• Antimicrobial treatments
Antibiotic fibers, oral antibiotics and antimicrobial mouthwashes may all be used to fight the infection and restore oral health.
• Pocket reduction
If periodontal pockets are deep, a pocket reduction procedure may be used to tighten the gums around the teeth.
• Gum and bone grafts
Tissue grafts are used to restore lost tissue and reduce the risk of further tissue damage. They may be used alone or in conjunction with dental implants.
• Dental implants
Implants can be used to replace teeth lost to periodontal disease. While they do not treat periodontal disease, they can help correct the slightly damage and protect the long-term health of the jawbone.
Call us today to schedule your appointment with our periodontist.