How Is Periodontitis Treated?

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Are you suffering from periodontal disease and you’re concerned about what treatment would be like? Exact treatment would depend upon your individual diagnosis, but the possible types of treatment are explained below.

Nonsurgical Treatment
Generally, the first step would be scaling and root planing. During this treatment, plaque and tartar are scraped off your teeth and root surfaces and then any roughness is smoothed away from the surfaces to help prevent bacteria from forming again. This is normally done in more than one visit for different areas of the mouth and a local anesthetic can be used to minimize discomfort. After each procedure, the gums will heal and reattach to the newly clean surface.

Pocket Reduction Procedure
A pocket reduction procedure or flap surgery can be performed if the pockets in your gums are too deep for scaling and root planing to remove all the bacteria and allow your gums to fit tightly around your teeth. This procedure involves going deeper to remove infection and bacteria from damaged bone, so the gums can reattach properly.

Gum Grafts
Gum recession can leave your roots exposed and unprotected. If your gums are receding, gum grafts may be the best option. Tissue is taken from your palate or another area to create gum tissue to cover the exposed roots.

Regenerative Procedures
Periodontitis left untreated can lead to bone loss. If this has happened, a bone graft surgery can be performed. This procedure is done by eliminating bacteria from the area and then placing a natural or synthetic bone along with proteins that stimulate the tissue to help your body regrow bone and tissue.

We encourage you to call Dr. Seth Rush at 816-444-8822 in Kansas City, Missouri, for an appointment. Our periodontist, Dr. Seth Rush, would be happy to go over a treatment plan with you and answer any questions you may have.