Who Needs Periodontal Treatment?
There are several reasons why a patient may need treatment for gum disease:
- Insufficient brushing or flossing
- Missing one too many trips to the dentist
Because it is irreversible, our goal is to catch gum disease as early as possible. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to numerous unpleasant outcomes, including tooth loss.
What to Expect from Periodontal Treatment
Periodontal treatment typically starts with scaling and root planing. Our goal is to address all the tartar, plaque, and bacteria that has accumulated below the gum line. This part of the treatment is also often referred to as a “deep cleaning.”
Once that’s complete, you will need to visit our office for regular teeth cleanings. While patients often only need cleanings once every six months, we recommend a greater frequency for patients with gum disease: once every three or four months.
While gum disease cannot be reversed, the inflammation should die down once it has been treated. This process can take up to a month, depending on the severity of the case.