How We Can Help

Once we evaluate your periodontal health, we will explain the options that are available to bring you back to health. Your options will depend on how far the disease has advanced and what contributing factors are present.

Establishing good home care is important in treating periodontitis. A more involved cleaning of the teeth may also be needed, occasionally with the help of a local anesthetic. In some cases, minor office surgery may be necessary, to tip the tissue away from the teeth to improve access for cleaning, reshaping of support and reattachment. In some cases, dentists or periodontists, specialists in treating periodontitis, can even regenerate bone support for the teeth.

Once control of your health has been improved, it will be important for you to have ongoing maintenance care, to prevent or slow disease progress. Usually patients continue to see us as part of their regular professional tooth cleaning program, alternating cleaning visits between both offices. That way, you can have your teeth and dental restorations regularly evaluated by your restorative dentists, and your periodontal health regularly evaluated by us as periodontal specialists.

At your periodontal maintenance care visits, we will evaluate gum health and probing depths around the teeth for changes, recommend home preventive maintenance care practices based on your specific needs, and provide interceptive care at the earliest sign of disease activity. Because periodontal diseases are chronic diseases, they need to be controlled and can return.

Your dentist can detect periodontitis by measuring the depth of the space between the tooth and gum with a gauge, and use x-rays to detect bone loss. Periodontal disease is easy to prevent, and it's best treated in its earliest stages. So, it's important to see your dentist on a regular basis for cleaning and a check up, even if you've never had a cavity!