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Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. Dr. Godder and his team will evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment.

Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacteria, plaque, and tartar, causing irritation to the surrounding tissues.
When these irritants remain in the pocket space, they can cause damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth.

If the disease is caught in the early stages of gum inflammation (gingivitis), and no permanent damage has been done, one to two regular cleanings will be recommended. You will also be given instructions on improving your daily oral hygiene habits and having regular dental cleanings.

If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, a special periodontal cleaning involving scaling, root planing, and debridement (deep cleaning) will be recommended. It is usually done one-quarter of the mouth at a time while the area is numb. In this procedure, tartar, plaque, and toxins are removed from above and below the gum line (scaling) and rough spots on root surfaces are made smooth (planing). In certain cases, an antibacterial substance will be applied to the gums or a laser device will be used to disinfect the roots. These procedures help gum tissue to heal and pockets to shrink. Medications, special medicated mouth rinses, and an electric toothbrush 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 depth, making teeth easier to clean. Dr. Godder may also recommend that you see a periodontist (specialist of the gums and supporting bone).


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