Treatment generally consists of an initial scaling and root planing (antimicrobial) phase to reduce the amount of bacterial deposits in the periodontium. This is similar to pulling a splinter from under a fingernail – the tissue becomes less inflamed and more comfortable.
Periodontal disease is very treatable, but cannot be fully cured. After the completion of your periodontitis treatment, you will be scheduled for regular ongoing maintenance care. These visits will involve a thorough professional cleaning and monitoring of your oral health to ensure the disease does not recur and progress further.
We recommend scheduling your periodontal maintenance visits and your general dentistry visits on an alternating schedule. This ensures you are receiving the proper care and treatments for your oral health needs in a timely, consistent manner.