Specific treatment for periodontal disease will be determined by your dentist based on:
- your age, overall health and medical history
- extent of the disease
- your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
- expectations for the course of the disease
- your opinion or preference
Treatment may consist of one, or a combination of the following:
- Plaque removal
Thorough cleaning can help remove the plaque and infected tissue in the early stages of the disease, while smoothing the damaged root surfaces of teeth. This process is called deep cleaning or scaling. It can also be done using a laser.
Antibiotics can help in treating gum disease by killing the infection.
When the disease is advanced, the infected areas under the gums cleaned, and the tissues will then be transformed or replaced.Types of surgeries include:
- pocket reduction
- a regeneration procedure
- a soft tissue graft
- crown lengthening
- Dental implants