How do you treat periodontal disease?

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At our Glendale dental office, we create customized treatment plans for each patients based on their specific needs. If you have periodontal disease, your treatment plan will vary depending on factors such as:

  • How far along your disease has progressed
  • How rapidly your disease is progressing
  • Contributing factors that are affecting your disease progression
  • Your family’s periodontal disease history
  • Your overall state of health
  • How your disease responds to treatment

If you are still in the early stages of periodontal disease (gingivitis), your treatment plan may include more frequent cleanings, additional education on good brushing and flossing technique and a recommitment to good home oral care, and possibly the addition of antimicrobial products. Often, this is enough to stop early gum disease and even reverse it.

If your disease has progressed past this stage, however, we will need to take a more aggressive approach. Once periodontal disease progresses past a certain point, it is no longer reversible. Our goal then will be to stop the disease in its tracks. Therapies at this stage will likely include a deep cleaning treatment known as scaling and root planing, which we can perform with our dental laser for more efficient and precise treatment. We may also include antibiotics, which are placed in the pockets of your gums to kill off any remaining bacteria.

If you have advanced periodontal disease that has caused significant damage to your gums and bone tissue, then we may need to discuss surgical options.

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