Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal disease, popularly called gum disease, is a serious condition that causes chronic gum inflammation, undermining the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Left untreated, periodontal disease can eventually cause teeth to become loose and fall out.

The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to brush and floss properly at home. It is also extremely important that you pair your oral hygiene routine at home with dental exam and cleaning appointments. This gives your dental team an opportunity to scrape away plaque and tartar. Tartar is a hardened form of plaque that only a dental professional can remove.

Treatment Outlook

If you should develop periodontal disease, here are some recommendations that your dentist may make:

Behavior Change

If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, your dentist may recommend some behavioral changes. Since plaque causes periodontal disease, removing it on a daily basis is vital. So you will be provided with recommendations on developing new oral hygiene routines, along with making lifestyle changes like stopping smoking if you are a smoker.

Changing your behavior is a critical element in reversing or keeping periodontal disease from progressing, as daily plaque removal is critical in setting the stage for successful periodontal treatment.


Healthier Gums Tartar Removal

Patients with periodontal disease must have calcified plaque, or tartar, regularly removed with a professional cleaning. This is a procedure called scaling and root planing that your dentist performs using hand scaling and ultrasonic instruments.

Scaling and root planing can be performed either by a dentist, dental hygienist, or a periodontist. It may require local anesthesia, depending upon the extent of cleaning needed.



Your dentist will be evaluating the results of your initial periodontal treatment. If your periodontal disease is a mild case, you may have responded well enough to regain periodontal health. To maintain this healthy state, your dentist will likely recommend a regular check-up and cleaning.

Surgical Therapy

You may require surgical treatment if your periodontal disease is a severe case. These treatments are normally performed by a periodontal specialist, and your dentist will make the appropriate suggestions once they have examined your teeth and gums.