Periodontal Treatment: Protecting Your Gums and Teeth

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is a serious condition that causes chronic inflammation, undermining the gums and the bone supporting the teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can eventually cause teeth to become loose and fall out.

Prevention

The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to brush and floss properly at home. Pairing your oral hygiene routine with regular dental exams and cleanings is also crucial. These appointments allow your dental team to remove plaque and tartar. Tartar is a hardened form of plaque that only a dental professional can remove.

Treatment Outlook

If you develop periodontal disease, your dentist may recommend the following:

Behavior Change

Your dentist may suggest some behavioral changes, as daily plaque removal is vital for managing periodontal disease. This includes developing new oral hygiene routines and making lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking if you smoke.

Changing your behavior is critical to reversing or preventing the progression of periodontal disease, as consistent plaque removal is essential for successful treatment.

Achieving

Healthier Gums Tartar Removal

Patients with periodontal disease must have calcified plaque (tartar) regularly removed through a professional cleaning process called scaling and root planing. This procedure, performed by a dentist, dental hygienist, or periodontist, may require local anesthesia depending on the extent of cleaning needed.

Evaluation

Your Holden MA dentist will evaluate the results of your initial periodontal treatment. If your periodontal disease is mild, you may respond well enough to regain periodontal health. To maintain this healthy state, your dentist will likely recommend regular check-ups and cleanings.

Surgical Therapy

For severe cases of periodontal disease, surgical treatment may be necessary. These treatments are typically performed by a periodontal specialist, and your dentist will make appropriate recommendations based on an examination of your teeth and gums.

By following these steps and maintaining good oral hygiene, you can protect your gums and teeth from the effects of periodontal disease. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about periodontal treatment and how we can help you achieve healthier gums.