Periodontal therapy consists of removal of the irritants that cause periodontal disease, including plaque and calculus. This normally takes a few visits and is done by the periodontist using hand instruments to remove the calculus from the teeth.
At the same time, oral hygiene procedures are taught so that the patient can keep their mouth as clean as possible in order to facilitate healing.
An adjustment to the bite is sometimes also necessary to alleviate excessive force on individual teeth.
At this point, another evaluation is performed in order to assess the extent of the healing process. The general dentist is also consulted in order to arrive at a plan for further treatment. Next, a determination is made as to whether periodontal surgery is necessary and whether implants are needed to restore missing teeth.
It is our goal to help save your teeth. Occasionally, periodontal surgery is necessary to eliminate periodontal pockets and to reconstruct the bone which has been lost. Bone graft material may be added to assist in the formation of new bone. Defects in the gum can also be rebuilt.