Periodontal treatment starts with prevention: regular cleanings and good hygiene habits are excellent precautions to take to avoid gum disease. The main cause of periodontal disease is bacteria in the form of a sticky, colorless plaque that constantly forms on your teeth; however, other factors can cause the disease or influence its progression. Scaling, root planning and local delivery of anti-microbials can treat and prevent the progression of the disease.
"Our ultimate goal is to create a beautiful and functional smile, but first we must ensure you have a strong periodontal foundation to build on."
Dr Todd B. Barsky
In some cases, surgical therapy or cosmetic solutions may be necessary to correct the damage from gum disease physically and cosmetically. Our team can evaluate your situation and present the best treatment options for you. Symptoms of gingivitis are bad breath, bad taste, bleeding and tender gums. Gingivitis is the only reversible stage of gum disease where permanent bone loss has not occurred. Lack of early treatment and strict homecare can lead to permanent bone loss, periodontal disease, and eventually tooth loss.
We generally recommended the following three phase treatment plan to stop this progressive disease and help bring your gums back to a normal, healthy state.
Visit 1: Preventive Periodontal Therapy #1
Full mouth periodontal charting and exam followed by cleaning and polishing
Visit 2: Preventive Periodontal Therapy #2
Re-evaluation of periodontal pockets & gums followed by 2nd cleaning and polishing 2-3 weeks after visit 1
Visit 3: Preventive Periodontal Therapy #3
Follow up and re-evaluation of tissue followed by cleaning and polishing 1 month after visit 2
3 month maintenance thereafter
Our professional efforts will not work alone. Maintaining your periodontal health depends on a team effort. We need your commitment to ensure the success of this program. This depends on your coming in for in-office therapy and your home care. Without proper treatment and maintenance the condition will reoccur or worsen. Periodontal disease cannot be cured, it can only be controlled and and the progression stopped.
Once we stabilize and improve your dental health with any restorative measures necessary, we're able to focus on the aesthetic, or cosmetic dentistry, a perfect partner to healthy teeth and gums!