Periodontal Therapy

General dental care will help keep you from experiencing the discomfort of periodontal disease. Good oral hygiene is a significant tool in fighting gum disease. But what happens when the battle against gum disease is not waged? Unfortunately, not just your gums suffer. Your teeth and perhaps your entire body may be compromised as the disease gains a foothold.

Generally speaking, older people lose more teeth to gum disease than decay. When the supporting tissues surrounding your teeth are not kept healthy, you become subject to serious oral health problems. Periodontal therapy is used to fight gum disease when it has reached the more severe stages of development.

Your dentist and hygienist will decide the best treatment for the severity of the disease. In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed to get the infection under control. In very severe cases, surgery on the gums may be required. Your dentist will discuss your situation and advise you on the most effective treatment.

Gum Infection Treatment

Getting the infection under control is one of the priorities in treating the disease. Another priority is thoroughly cleaning the teeth. Progress can be made when the infection is under control and the teeth are meticulously cleaned. The extent of the disease will dictate if non-surgical treatments can be used to bring the problem under control. In some cases, the healing process can only begin after surgical treatment is used to eliminate damaged tissue.

Scaling and Root Planing

An important part of the treatment is methodically cleaning the teeth. Removal of plaque and tartar is essential. This is done with special dental instruments. Scalers are used to remove the hard tartar from each tooth. Once the tartar is gone, the roots of the teeth are planed to make them smooth again. The gums need a smooth surface on which to reattach.

Gum disease can be detected in its early stages when you visit the dentist regularly. The best way to treat the problem is to avoid it in the first place if possible. When that is not an option, you have a stellar dental team at Southern Dental Group of Munford to help you conquer the disease. Contact us today to get your gum disease under control.

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