Treatment of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal treatment methods depend on the type and severity of the disease. Dr. Yaley will evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment.
Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums fill with bacteria, plaque and tartar, causing irritation to the surrounding tissues. When these irritants remain in the pocket space, they can damage the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth.
If the disease is caught in the early stages of gingivitis and no damage has been done, regular cleanings will be recommended. You will also be given instructions how to improve your daily oral hygiene habits.
If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planning (deep cleaning) will be recommended. It is usually done in one quadrant of the mouth at a time while the area is numb. Tartar, plaque and toxins are removed from above and below the gumline (scaling) and rough spots on root surfaces are smoothed (planning). This procedure helps heal gum tissue and shrink pockets. Medications, special medicated mouth rinses and an electric tooth brush may be recommended to help control infection and healing.
If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planning, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths and make teeth easier to clean. Your dentist may also recommend that you see a Periodontist (specialist of the gums and supporting bone).
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (650) 325- 8030.