If you have Periodontal Disease, the need to prevent the disease from advancing is essential.

Did you know that most Periodontal diseases can be treated without surgery?

Treatment methods for Periodontal Disease depend upon the type and severity of the disease when diagnosed by your dentist. If caught early and no damage has been done to the supporting structures of your teeth; you may be given instructions on improving your oral hygiene and advised to maintain regularly scheduled professional cleanings so that your dentist can monitor the disease.

More advanced stages of Periodontal Disease must be treated professionally in the office. The first step involves a special cleaning called "scaling and root planing". During this treatment, plaque and tartar are carefully removed from below the gum line to the bottom of each periodontal pocket. The tooth's root surfaces are than smoothed or planed to allow the gum tissue to heal and re-attach to the tooth. Treatment may take several visits depending upon the advancement of the disease and how well the patient complies to their specialized oral homecare. Medications may also be recommended to help control the infection, pain or to aid in healing.

Once the "scaling and root planing" Periodontal Treatment is completed, maintenance visits every 3-4 months, with continued deep cleaning, will be necessary to keep this incurable disease under control. The commitment to care for your teeth will well be worth the effort, for nothing compares to chewing and enjoying your food than doing so with your natural teeth. Additionally, as your condition stabilizes and your oral health improves; your physical health will benefit too. Now that's something to smile about!

Ronald Rosser DDS