Gum disease is one of the most common causes of tooth loss. To prevent this, different levels of periodontal procedures are performed in the dental office. The simplest is scaling and root planning, a deeper gum cleaning where the hygienist uses their instruments to remove unhealthy tissue and hardened inorganic plaque/tartar material. The gum tissue typically responds very well to treatment with good home care and more frequent recall cleanings.
Sometimes further treatment of a deep gum pocket is required to improve the tissue. This usually involves a lowering of the gums on the tooth. It turns a deep gum pocket into a shallower one that is easier for the patient to clean. There are other times when an antibiotic can be placed in an area of an infected gum pocket. It is important to talk to your dentist about which treatment options are available and the expected outcomes. Dr. Thiery has a periodontist which performs many of these more advanced procedures at Young at Heart Dentistry approximately once a month.