Periodontal Treatment & Procedures

Periodontal treatment and procedures are used to manage patients with periodontal disease. Caused by improper brushing and flossing, and partly due to genetics, this disease creates “pockets” around your teeth and loosens the hold of your gum tissues to the teeth and bone.

It is critical that treatment is performed for this disease as soon as possible, due to the fact that periodontal disease cannot be cured, but simply managed. If left untreated, it may result in the loss of teeth. Additionally, studies have shown that periodontal disease may be linked to other illnesses, such as diabetes, pre-term birth and hearth disease.

District Perio can provide the following treatments and procedures to combat the progression of Periodontal Disease:

Scaling and Root Planing

Clean teeth - before and after

Scaling and Root Planing is a non-surgical treatment for gum disease which allows the dentist to clean between the gums and teeth all the way down to the roots. The surface of roots are cleaned carefully to remove plaque and tartar deep inside. A local anesthesia may be applied, and antibiotics may be placed inside the pockets between teeth and gums to promote healing. More often than not, scaling and root planing is all that is needed, but sometimes, additional surgery may be required to restore gum health.

Gum Grafts

Gum recession can be caused by a number of things — thin tissue, poor oral hygiene, over aggressive brushing, and genetics. Whatever the reason, gum graft surgery can help by reducing additional recession and bone loss. It also helps reduce gum sensitivity, provides more support for your tooth and helps with the cleaning of your teeth and gums.

The periodontists at District Perio will discuss your options to ensure the best possible outcome for your gum health. During the procedure, a graft will either be taken from your palate or a donor and placed over the receding gum.

Regenerative Procedures

When there is damage done to the bone, a regenerative procedure may be performed to reverse tissue and bone loss. This procedure not only eliminates bacteria, but also helps to reduce pocket depth around your teeth.

The periodontists will fold back the gum tissue to remove bacteria. Various fillers, grafts or tissue will be inserted to encourage bone and gum regeneration.