Periodontal Therapy

Carley Family Dental stresses the importance of achieving healthy gums and being able to maintain them. Our gums and the surrounding bone around our teeth acts as the foundation for a healthy smile.  Without this foundation, infection may persist, teeth may become mobile, and eventually teeth may be lost. Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) is present in over 80% of patients. The treatment for gingivitis is a regular cleaning, followed by polishing of the teeth.

Periodontal disease (Gum disease) occurs when some of the tissue around our teeth begins to migrate downward toward the root of the tooth.  Commonly, also the bone around these areas is migrating down along with the tissue.  Most of the time, patients may not notice a visible recession of this tissue in their mouth.

Warning signs for periodontal disease include:

  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Gums that bleed while eating, brushing, or flossing
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad taste in mouth or bad breath
  • Pus that is present along the gum tissue

*Patients may have periodontal disease without having any recognizable warning signs.

Treatment for Periodontal Disease:

A deep cleaning (scaling and root planning) is the first line of treatment. Four to six weeks after treatment, the patient will be planned for a re-evaluation to determine how their individual case has responded to therapy. Because there is not a cure for periodontal disease, the patient’s best option is to maintain it. After a patient has had a deep cleaning, they will be placed on regular intervals to have a periodontal maintenance procedure completed. This procedure is used to spot-check the deeper areas that require extra attention and to document improvement or progression of the condition. Some other periodontal treatment options consist of antibiotic therapy or surgical treatment depending on the severity of the case. As with any patient, the most important aspect for maintaining healthy gums, is regular home care and routine dental checkups.