Periodontal therapy is the non-invasive process of restoring diseased gum tissues to health. When gums and tooth-supporting bone in the mouth become damaged or diseased, it is important to contact your dentist in Allen right away. However, the earlier your dentist can detect periodontal disease, the better, so be sure to schedule regular appointments.
The American Academy of Periodontology recommends using the least invasive treatments first to treat periodontal disease. Fortunately, there are several non-surgical treatment options, including:
- Cleanings – This is the earliest and most simple form of periodontal therapy. Avoiding major issues with your gums is very doable with regular brushing, flossing, and cleanings. During the cleaning, your dentist will remove plaque from near the gum line, where it can cause damage if allowed to build up.
- Scaling and Root Planing – Also known as “deep cleaning,” scaling is the process of removing tartar buildup and bacteria from the entire tooth. This means using hand scalers or even ultrasonic instruments to clean deep within the gum pockets.
- Gum Grafting – If significant gum tissue has been lost, it is important to replace it in order to protect the future health of your teeth. Gum grafting involves using a bio-compatible grafting material to attach to the gums and protect tooth roots.
- Tray Delivery – This unique at-home treatment uses trays shaped like mouth guards to deliver antibiotic treatments to the gums.
Did you know…
Periodontal disease is considered an epidemic in the U.S., with about half of adults over age 30 experiencing it. The rate increases to 70% in adults older than 65, and it is more common among men than women. Severity of periodontal disease ranges from mild to severe, but every form should be seen and treated by your dentist.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is periodontal therapy an option for me?
Non-surgical periodontal treatment is recommended for patients experiencing mild to moderate gum disease. Typically, if the problem has reached a severe stage, more invasive treatments are required. Talk to your Allen, TX dentist about a consultation to determine which periodontal treatment is best for you.
What can I expect during periodontal therapy?
Since there are so many different therapy options, your experience can vary significantly. If you have a mild form of gum disease, your treatment may simply be a custom tray delivery system that you use at home for a few minutes each day. A more moderate case will likely involve root planing or scaling, which can be done in our office. You will receive a local anesthetic in this case while tartar is removed from the tooth’s root.
Is special post-treatment care required after periodontal therapy?
Increased tooth sensitivity is common following root planing and scaling. Your dentist will likely recommend only eating soft foods and using a sensitivity toothpaste.