Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal Treatment

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, occurs when bacteria is allowed to build up along the gum line. They produce harmful acids that attack the gums, leading to infection. To restore the gums to a healthy state, periodontal treatment will be needed. You can find this procedure at Anne Chee, DDS in Houston, TX. There are several types of treatment available. The procedure used for you will depend on factors such as the stage of your gum disease and your personal health history.

Treating gingivitis

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. At this point, a simple routine cleaning may be sufficient for getting rid of traces of the disease. Your dentist may also provide advice on how to improve your oral care routine to maintain healthier gums and teeth.

Scaling and root planing

For more advanced periodontal disease, a scaling, and root planing procedure, also called a deep cleaning, may be used. Scaling consists of using dental tools to remove plaque and tartar down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket. Planing consists of smoothing out the tooth roots to help the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the teeth. This procedure may take more than one appointment to complete and may require the use of anesthesia.

Periodontal surgery

Several surgical procedures can be used to treat the periodontal disease if a deep cleaning is not enough to restore the health of the gums. Periodontal surgery involves making an incision into the gums to allow your dentist to remove plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach areas. The gums will then be stitched closed tightly to hug the teeth to encourage their reattachment. The gums may also be altered before they are stitched back in place, either having a small amount removed or being reshaped, depending on your specific needs.

Caring for teeth after periodontal treatment

Following any type of periodontal treatment, periodic periodontal cleanings will be needed to keep gum disease under control. These cleanings are more thorough than routine dental cleanings and remove more bacteria to reduce inflammation and help your periodontal pockets to shrink.

If you develop a case of periodontal disease, see us at Anne Chee, DDS to restore your oral health in Houston.

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