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Treatment

Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease.  Dr Packman will evaluate your mouth for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment. Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacteria, plaque, and tartar, causing irritation to the surrounding tissues.  When these irritants remain in the pocket space, they can cause damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth!

If the disease is caught in the early stages of gingivitis, and little damage has been done.a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) will be recommended.  It is usually done  while the gums are numbed.  In this procedure, tartar, plaque, and toxins are removed from above and below the gum line (scaling) and rough spots on root surfaces are made smooth (planing).  This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and pockets to shrink.  Medications, special medicated mouth rinses, and an electric tooth brush may be recommended to help control infection and healing.

If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planing, laser  or periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean.

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