Periodontal disease is a potentially serious infection that strikes the periodontal tissues and the surrounding areas. While periodontal disease can affect anyone, it can also range from mild to severe. In its milder stages, it is known as gingivitis. Treatment at this point can help stop the progression of the infection and save your smile. Later stages of the disease require prompt treatment to prevent further disease, as well as prevent its effects on your general health. If our Huntington Beach dentist diagnoses you with periodontal disease, you might have several treatment options.
1. Deep cleaning
This procedure is also known as scaling and root planing, or SRP. We will remove all of the plaque and tartar from your teeth. These deposits tend to accumulate not just on the crowns of the teeth but also below the gumline where your toothbrush cannot reach. Once we remove the buildup, we will then smooth the roots of the teeth to help the gums reattach.
2. Antimicrobial therapy
Antimicrobials, or antibiotics, can be used to address the bacterial infection responsible for gum disease.
Although surgery is not generally a first-line treatment, it might be necessary if you have suffered significant damage as a result of periodontal disease. Common procedures include pocket reduction surgery, gum grafts and bone grafts.
Call us to schedule your comprehensive periodontal evaluation with our expert in periodontal treatments in Huntington Beach.