Periodontal Therapy

What is Periodontal Therapy?

Periodontal therapy is a series of dental treatments used to provide a specific dental outcome desired by the dentist and patient. This therapy is used in response to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is caused by the body’s immune system reacting to the bacteria in plaque that forms on your teeth. This reaction causes inflammation and infection in the gums and may cause tooth loss and further dental problems if left untreated.

Why do you need Periodontal Therapy?

Periodontal therapy includes deep cleaning, scaling, and root planing. These procedures precisely clean the surfaces on and around the teeth to eliminate plaque and bacteria. Periodontal treatment also smooths out the dental roots. Smoothing out the roots removes toxins from the teeth and roots and smooths out these roots to lessen and prevent plaque built up in the future.

What happens during Periodontal Therapy?

Deep periodontal cleaning is entirely different from a typical dental cleaning in that it includes cleaning both your teeth and their roots. Your dentist carefully views your teeth and gums for signs of disease. Then he uses a scaler and small mirror to remove tartar from around your teeth and gums. You can have medication to prevent any pain from occurring during the procedure. He also smooths out the texture of the roots and teeth to prevent plaque from forming on these areas. You may also be given a cleansing rinse to finish your periodontal therapy treatment.

If you suspect that you are in the early stages of gum disease or if periodontitis becomes discovered during one of your routine exams, please set up an appointment with our friendly staff. We can develop a treatment plan to keep your mouth clean and your gums healthy for life.