Periodontal Disease

Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. Your dentist and dental hygienist 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 gingivitis, and no 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 called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) will be recommended.  It is usually done one quadrant 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).  This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and pockets to shrink.  Medications, special medicated mouth rinses, and an electric tooth brush may be recommended to help control infection and healing.

If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean.  Your dentist may also recommend that you see a periodontist (specialist of the gums and supporting bone).


Treatment for periodontal disease and pocket formation
One of the biggest challenges that we in the dental field face today is
periodontal disease. With the introduction of fluorides and patient
education, tooth decay has decreased significantly. Gum disease on the other
hand has increased and it is now one of the leading causes of tooth loss.
Used in conjunction with scaling and root planning, ARESTIN, helps reduce
the chances of serious pocket formation in areas where the pocket depths are
over 5 mm. 
Arestin is a locally administered antibacterial periodontal agent that helps
reduce the depth of pockets, between your teeth and the gums and helps to
reduce the bacteria that collects there. On application, Arestin immediately
adheres to the surface in the pocket and slowly releases the antibiotic over
a ten day period , thereby reducing the bacteria and allowing for variable
tightening of the connective tissue that surrounds the tooth. 
Ask our dental professionals today if this treatment is right for you.