If gingivitis is discovered early enough, it is easy to treat and keep under control. More commonly referred to as gum disease or early periodontal disease, the treatment for this oral condition is simply regular—thorough dental cleanings. Some patients may require numbing to eliminate any discomfort. The damage done by early gum disease is reversible. Periodontal maintenance and treatment typically involve prophylaxis (deep cleaning) or routine six-month cleanings along with an at-home oral care routine.
When gum disease is left undetected or untreated, it can progress to periodontal disease. This advanced stage is no longer a reversible condition. At Schon Dental in Springfield, IL, we use scaling and root planing to aggressively treat periodontal disease. This deep cleaning procedure requires the use of an anesthetic to numb the treatment areas and remove all the plaque, tartar and toxins stored in the gum pockets. During the procedure, uneven areas on teeth surfaces are smoothed out, eliminating spots for bacteria to hide. In severe cases, periodontal surgery may be the best solution.
Periodontal maintenance is important and necessary for patients who have been treated for advanced gum disease. It is not curable, but periodontal disease can be controlled. The goal of a maintenance treatment is to keep the gum pockets as clean as possible so that bacteria does not get the chance to reseed, and accumulate plaque, tartar, and toxins. If these culprits are left to thrive once again, you will be back where you started. Since diseased pockets are now deeper, vigilant cleanings are crucial; routine dental cleanings are not aggressive enough.
Periodontal maintenance is typically performed on a three-month schedule by the skilled Springfield dentists at Schon Dental. If you are in need of a restorative gum disease treatment, book an appointment with our Springfield office today.