Goals Of Periodontal Treatment
Gum disease is the main reason people need periodontal treatment, but other gum conditions require treatment, too. Here is an overview of treatment for various conditions.
Treatment of Gum Disease
A combination of professional treatment and your efforts can stop the progression of gum disease and prevent further tissue destruction. Depending on the stage of gum disease, treatment ranges from a thorough cleaning to sophisticated types of periodontal surgery.
Treatment at any stage of periodontal disease can make your gums healthier. Some people assume that losing teeth is a natural part of aging, but if you work with your dental professional to keep your gums healthy, you should be able to keep your teeth for a lifetime.
The main goals of periodontal treatment are to:
The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, usually can be stopped before it causes significant destruction of soft tissue or bone. Your general dentist or dental hygienist can treat most cases of gingivitis with a combination of in-office cleanings and instruction in good oral hygiene.
In some people, gingivitis will progress to the more advanced stages of gum disease that involve loss of the structures that anchor the teeth to the jawbones. These more advanced stages are known as periodontitis and usually require more aggressive forms of treatment than gingivitis. In this case, it is likely that your dentist will refer you to a periodontist (a gum specialist) for treatment.
Treatment of Gum Recession
Treatment of Gum Overgrowth
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