What should I expect in periodontal treatment?
The first thing your dentist will suggest is behavioral changes including ensuring thorough brushing, flossing, the use of specialized toothpastes and mouthwashes, as well as changes like quitting smoking or not consuming sugary drinks like soda. In-office treatments may also include tartar removal, which is also called scaling or root planning. During this process, the dentist or hygienist uses special tools to scrape the buildup away from the teeth both above and below the gum line.
Depending on the severity of the periodontal disease, surgical treatment may be necessary. Surgical treatments include bone and soft tissue grafts, flap surgery, where the gums are lifted back and the tartar removed, and guided tissue regeneration where the regrowth of gum and bone tissue is guided with mesh-like fabric to encourage stronger tissue to form. These treatments have a reputation for being painful, but your dentist will take every action to ensure you are as comfortable as possible.
Soft Tissue Management and Periodontal Disease
Soft Tissue Management (STM) is a non-surgical process to reduce the effects of periodontal disease. This process follows a series of steps to provide a deep cleaning and healing procedure to limit bacterial growth and restore gum tissue. for more information, visit our page on STM.