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Comprehensive Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. It is a prevalent condition, with around 50% of adults over the age of 30 suffering from some form of periodontitis. Comprehensive periodontal therapy is a holistic approach to treating periodontal disease that aims to eliminate the infection and restore the health of the gums and supporting structures.

What is the goal of comprehensive periodontal therapy?

The goal of comprehensive periodontal therapy is to control the infection by removing the bacterial plaque and calculus that accumulates on the teeth and below the gum line. The first step in the process is a thorough evaluation of the patient’s oral health. This evaluation may include a review of the patient’s medical history, an examination of the teeth and gums, and diagnostic tests such as X-rays and periodontal probing.
Based on the evaluation, the periodontist will develop a treatment plan tailored to the patient’s specific needs. The treatment plan may include several components, such as:

1. Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure that involves removing plaque and calculus from the teeth below the gum line. The periodontist or hygienist will use special tools to remove the bacteria from the pockets between the teeth and gums. This procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia and may require multiple visits depending on the severity of the infection.
2. Antibiotics
Antibiotics may be prescribed as part of the treatment plan to eliminate the bacteria that is causing the infection. Antibiotics for periodontal infection may be administered in the form of pills, topical gels or mouth rinses.
3. Surgery
In severe cases of periodontal disease, surgery may be required to remove damaged tissue and bone and to regenerate new bone and tissue. Procedures such as flap surgery, bone grafts, and guided tissue regeneration may be performed to restore the health of the gums and supporting structures.
4. Maintenance
After the initial treatment is complete, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent a recurrence of the infection. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are required to make sure that treatment is working long term and to prevent a recurrence.

Why choose comprehensive periodontal therapy?

The benefits of comprehensive periodontal therapy are numerous. It can help to reduce the risk of tooth loss, improve the appearance of the gums, and restore the health of the surrounding bone and tissue. Additionally, treating periodontal disease can have a positive impact on overall health, as poor oral hygiene and health are linked to other health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory infections.
Looking for comprehensive periodontal therapy in Gainesville, Ga?

Dr. Barclay and his team at Gainesville Periodontics would be happy to assess your oral health and develop a treatment plan that eliminates pain and infection and helps you achieve the healthy smile of your youth. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment.

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