Periodontal treatments are required when the teeth and gums are affected by gum disease. Inflamed gums, gums that are receding from the teeth, and gum sensitivity may all be indicators that periodontal treatment is needed. The specific services that will help each individual can vary depending on the health of their teeth and any periodontal treatments they’ve received prior.
From scaling and root planing to laser treatments for gum disease, your dentist or periodontist might use a variety of treatments to reverse any damage. They can also recommend ways to reduce the risk of developing gum disease in the future. If you’re in need of teeth cleaning or are feeling sensitivity or inflammation in your gums, contact Drs. Parizadeh and Hsu at Columbia Smiles today.
The Most Common Periodontal Treatments
A periodontist, which is a dentist who has gone through special training in the areas of periodontal disease, dental implants, and oral inflammation, will be able to accurately assess exactly what treatments will be right for you. There are some common periodontal treatments that they might suggest.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling is a treatment that involves removing bacteria and plaque from the surface of the teeth and beneath the gums. Root planing smooths the roots of the teeth in order to discourage further bacteria growth.
This is one of the least invasive treatments to address gingivitis. It’s generally recommended for those with less advanced forms of periodontal disease.
In some cases, antibiotics can help with bacterial infections. Both topical and oral antibiotics might be prescribed to help clear out infection.
Certain lasers can assist in removing bacteria and in reshaping the gums as needed. Lasers are gentle and effective. Often, a dentist or periodontist will use laser treatment in conjunction with traditional methods of treating gum disease.
Periodontal Pocket Reduction
Pocket reduction is a surgical method of treating gum disease. During this procedure, a periodontist will make tiny incisions in the gums. Then, they’ll lift a section of gum tissue back in order to expose the roots. This allows for the scaling and root planing procedures to be more effective. During a pocket reduction, your dentist can recontour the underlying bone. This will make it easier to clean the area at home, which can reduce the risk of gum disease in the future.
Do You Need Treatment for Gingivitis?
Not sure if you’re in need of treatment for gum disease? The early stages of gum disease can be difficult to notice. This is one reason why regular cleanings and exams are so important. Your dentist will be able to tell if you are exhibiting the warning signs of gingivitis. Acting quickly will give you a better chance of reversing any damage.
If you notice any of the following symptoms, reach out to your dentist for an appointment:
- Swollen gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Tender gums
- Blood when you brush your teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
If you’re in pain, talk to your dentist right away. Pain can be a sign of significant issues.
Periodontal Treatment at Columbia Smiles
Across Howard County, patients have trusted Columbia Smiles for over 35 years. If you’ve noticed the symptoms of gum disease and are in need of periodontal treatment, call our team today. We’ll diagnose your symptoms and come up with a treatment plan to restore your teeth and gums to health.
And if you’re in need of general dentistry services, we offer:
- Cavity fillings
- Root canals
- Wisdom teeth removal