Periodontal Treatment Options
Have you been told you have periodontal disease? Thanks to an array of effective treatments, you can avoid the unpleasant consequences of gum disease. Danbury, CT, dentist Dr. George Landress offers the dental services and treatments you need to keep your smile healthy.
What's the next step if I have periodontal disease?
If you've been diagnosed with periodontal disease, your Danbury dentist may discuss one or more of these treatments with you, depending on the severity of the disease:
- Scaling and Root Planing: Commonly called deep cleaning, scaling and root planing is used to remove plaque and tartar above and below your gums. Your roots will also be smoothed to prevent bacteria from adhering to them. After your deep cleaning, you may need to use topical antibiotics or an anti-bacterial mouth rinse for a little while. If your gum disease is caught early, you may not need any additional treatment after scaling and root planing, although your dentist may want to see you more often.
- Flap Surgery: If you have a more severe form of periodontal disease, you may be able to see deep spaces in the gums, called pockets, around your teeth. Pockets often become infected, causing pain and increasing your risk of tooth loss. Flap surgery closes the pockets and improves the appearance of your gums.
- Help for Loose or Drifting Teeth: Splints, devices worn over your teeth, can stabilize loose teeth, while braces may be used to restore the alignment of teeth that have drifted due to gum disease.
- Restoration: If you've lost teeth due to gum disease, your dentist can recommend several restoration options, such as bridges, partial dentures or dental implants. Gum or bone grafts may be needed before you can restore your teeth, particularly if you choose dental implants.
Regular dental cleanings can help reduce your risk of gum disease. Call Danbury, CT, dentist Dr. George Landress at (203) 743-7608 if you're concerned about gum disease or you need to schedule your next exam and cleaning.