The first step to treating periodontal disease is to evaluate your oral hygiene habits. Your Sedona area periodontist will work with you to improve your oral hygiene habits, as this is the only way to ensure that gum disease doesn’t occur. Your periodontist will then recommend treatment, which may include any of the following:
Scaling & Root Planing: This procedure is similar to teeth cleaning, but more intensive. It involves using specialized tools to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar from both above and below the gum line, then smoothing out the surfaces of the tooth roots to make it harder for bacteria to grow there.
Antibiotics: In addition to scaling and root planing, we may also prescribe antibiotics to control the bacterial infection in the gums.
Dental Surgery: For more severe cases of periodontitis, we may recommend dental surgery. This treatment can include tissue grafts, pocket reduction surgery, bone grafting, or any combination of these procedures.