Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and supporting bone surrounding the teeth. It can affect one tooth or many teeth. Periodontal disease results in irreversible loss of bone support around your teeth. It is a serious and often ongoing condition, but it can be controlled with long-term treatment.
Scaling & Root Planing
After identifying the presence of gum disease, often the first line of treatment will include a deep cleaning, otherwise known as scaling & root planing. Scaling & root planing differs from a regular cleaning because it allows more time and attention to be paid to the underlying cause of gum disease.
The goal of scaling and root planing is to reduce the infection in the mouth by removing bacterial plaque and tartar build-up. Along with your scaling & root planing, we will include a complimentary session where our team will develop a personalized regimen to help you care for your teeth. Because periodontists are the only dental specialists trained in the management of gum disease, often we can suggest tips or tools to help you with the efficiency and efficacy of your home care.
Pocket Reduction Surgery
In some cases, the infection that causes gum disease is too advanced to be addressed by at-home oral hygiene or professional cleanings alone. For these patients, pocket reduction surgery helps to reduce infection and provides a more stable foundation for your teeth.
In this procedure, the bacterial debris and tartar build-up are removed from the roots of the teeth. Furthermore, the surgery provides the access to eliminate problems deeper in the bone. The result is that the support around the teeth is restored to a healthy, natural contour, and you will be able to clean and maintain your teeth.
In select circumstances, a specialized procedure can be performed in conjunction with pocket reduction surgery, to help re-form some of the support around the teeth. This is achieved through a process called bone regeneration.
This type of surgery takes advantage of your body’s natural process of turning over bone. Your periodontist can perform a surgery to place bone mineral into the area of deficiency. Over time the mineral will be replaced with your own, living bone, restoring support to the teeth.
Bone regeneration may be a treatment option when your bone has been destroyed due to periodontal disease or other infections. Regeneration is a very exciting and dynamic field, and we strive to keep abreast of the latest techniques and materials that have been studied and proven to safely enhance healing.