Periodontics

h-examYour treatment plan will depend on the sort of periodontal disease you have. Your general dentist or peridontist can tell you which type you have and which treatment plan to follow.

As the pocket between your gums and tooth increases, it fills with bacteria, plaque, calculus, and once it’s infected, then puss. Periodontal disease worsens as all of these factors are ignored. The more the disease progresses, the more damage is being done to your gums, teeth and jawbone surrounding the teeth.

Gingivitis

If you catch your periodontal disease during the first phase, gingivitis, then one or two cleanings will clear up the problem. Instructions on how to improve your daily oral hygiene regimen will be given to you to prevent the periodontal disease from returning. Regular visits with your dentist and periodontist, daily brushing and flossing, and professional cleanings 2-4 times a year can keep plaque to a minimum and keep your teeth healthy for life!

Periodontitis and Advanced Periodontitis

Two special periodontal procedures are recommended for more severe stages of the disease: scaling and root planing. Your mouth will be numbed with anesthesia for these procedures so you will not feel any pain. During the scaling, the calculus, plaque and poisons are removed from your gumline, and rough spots on your tooth roots are smoothed out during the planing procedure. Both of these procedures are meant to clean out the deep pockets and help them contract back to a normal size. Antibiotic medications and prescription mouthwashes may be given to you after your procedures to control infection and assist in the healing process.

In certain cases when non-surgical treatment is ineffective, periodontal surgery may be recommended. We may advise procedures such as pocket reduction, soft tissue grafts or bone regeneration to treat periodontal disease. If a tooth has been lost due to periodontal disease, dental implants are always an option for permanent tooth replacement.

Northeast Texas Periodontal Specialists

  • Northeast Texas Periodontal Specialists - 3420 Clarksville St., Paris, TX 75460 Phone: 800-605-8231 903-785-4832 Fax: 903-785-3807

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