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What is Periodontal Therapy?

Posted on 9/25/2023 by Evan
What is Periodontal Therapy?Periodontitis is a severe gum disease where bacteria attack the gum tissues and underlying jawbone. If you have gum disease that has not advanced to jawbone destruction, periodontal therapy can be a treatment alternative. Periodontal therapy is a non-surgical treatment option that helps to manage and prevent the further spread of the disease.

Who is a Candidate for Periodontal Therapy?

Periodontal therapy is recommended for people with a mild form of the disease. It works for the first stage of periodontitis which is gingivitis and can often relieve moderate periodontitis. The treatment option is inadequate for people with severe gum disease that has advanced to loss of bone. Some of the procedures done during therapy include:

Scaling and Root Planing

Tartar and plaque can accumulate on your teeth near the gumline. Scaling involves deep cleaning the gum pockets to eliminate any bacteria trapped in the pockets. The use of ultrasonic devices allows the efficient breakdown of the hardened calculus. On the other hand, root planing is the process of smoothing the rough spots that affect the root. By eliminating these roughed areas, it is possible to get rid of bacteria. Scaling and root planing are invasive and are done under local anesthesia.

Antibiotic Medication

Another non-surgical treatment option for moderate periodontitis is an antibiotic medication. Antibiotic geals help to minimize the multiplication of bacteria. Good therapy will help shrink the periodontal pockets and reduce swelling of the gums. The antibiotic medication must then be followed by root scaling and planing to guarantee the best results. Dentists can also advise you to use antimicrobial mouthwash with active ingredients to fight bacteria. The mouthwash will help eliminate chances of further bacterial infections.

If periodontal therapy does not offer the needed treatment, a dentist can recommend invasive surgical procedures to manage the disease and ensure you have healthy gums and teeth.

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