Periodontal disease can be handled by non-surgical therapies. Rest assured Dr. E. Lee Colfer and her staff offer a variety of periodontal therapy procedures that are non-invasive and cost-effective. If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, it is important to treat the issue as soon as possible.
Stay Healthy – Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Proper hygiene is essential for maintaining good oral health. Brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing are important in keeping periodontal disease at bay. Regular trips to your dentist ensure that your oral health will remain in check. Your dentist or periodontist can catch issues in your teeth or gums before the problem can escalate and create more damage. Visiting your periodontist can help in preventing certain kinds of periodontal disease. It can also reverse issues like gingivitis, an early sign of the gum disease.
Scaling & Root Planning
For a more significant periodontal disease scenario, we recommend an in-depth cleaning known as scaling and root planning (SRP). This type of cleaning removes plaque and bacteria from the tooth’s surface and roots, respectively. SRP can also help reduce inflammation of your gums, and reduces the amount of bacteria associated with gum disease. SRP is most often the first form of treatment provided for patients. In some cases, many patients do not need any further treatment after SRP.
During SRP, systemic antibiotics may be prescribed to help control bacteria. It is important to take antibiotics only when necessary because of the chance of developing drug-resistant bacteria. In some cases, we may prescribe a local delivery of antimicrobial, a type of medication that can be put directly into the periodontal pockets to control or kill the unwanted bacteria. Generally, this type of antibiotic does not lead to resistance.
Teeth that are not fitting properly between the upper and lower jaw may increase the rate of progression of periodontal disease. An occlusal adjustment may be necessary to correct the issue. During this procedure, we make a mould of your teeth to find the areas of concern and in need of adjustment. An occlusal guard or night guard may also need to be worn at certain times of day to minimize the effects of teeth grinding.
After your initial treatment, you will be asked to return to our office after some time to see if further treatment is required. If no new treatment is needed, we will collaborate with your general dentist to create a plan to help restore your smile to its usual state of health. This maintenance phases often consists of appointments with more thorough cleanings and protection for your teeth and gums.