Periodontal disease (also called gum disease) is more common than you may think. If you’ve been diagnosed, you can rest easy knowing that I have extensive experience with periodontal disease and has successfully treated many patients.
Periodontal treatments depend on the type of the gum disease and how severe it is. If the disease is caught early (when it is gingivitis), and no damage has been done to the supporting structures under the teeth, you may simply need a professional cleaning. I can give you tips for improving your daily oral hygiene.
Even with these measures, some patients develop a more severe periodontal disease. The first step in treating the disease usually involves a special deep cleaning called “scaling and root planning.” In this treatment, the dentist removes plaque and tartar down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket. This treatment may be done over several visits, depending on your needs.