Advanced gum disease (periodontitis) may not be reversible once it sets in, but that doesn’t mean the condition can’t still be treated by our Greater Orlando, FL, dentists. With the help of scaling and root planing, we can deep clean your teeth and gums to remove plaque buildup. Treatments like these are needed to improve your oral health and maintain it well into the future.

Periodontal therapy encompasses several gum disease treatments all designed to deep clean teeth and remove plaque.

Here’s what you need to know about periodontal therapy.

What Is Involved in Periodontal Therapy?

Primarily a non-surgical approach, periodontal therapy encompasses a variety of gum disease treatments all designed to keep the condition under control. The main goal is that the health of your gums be restored and no further tooth loss occurs. If you already have missing teeth as a result of infection, our dentists can discuss options, like dental implants, with you.

Scaling and root planing, as mentioned above, is one of the most common ways to manage gum disease. You can think of it as an elevated teeth cleaning. Our hygienists who perform this type of treatment will get rid of tartar not just on the surface of your teeth but below your gum line as well.

Rest assured, you will have a local anesthetic applied so the areas being worked on remain numb and you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. Depending on your situation, multiple visits may be required to complete scaling and root planing. We can discuss all that’s needed before getting started.

In addition to a deep cleaning, antibiotic medication like Arestin®, other related gels, or antimicrobial mouth rinses may also be prescribed by our dentists to effectively target your periodontitis.

Signs of Gum Disease

Checking in with your smile as you brush and floss at home is important as you don’t want to avoid any possible red flags. If you ever notice something concerning that seems out of the ordinary, please don’t hesitate to come into our Ocoee, FL, dental office so our dentists can take a look. You may end up being diagnosed with gum disease.

In general, pay close attention to the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen, red, and tender gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Pain while chewing food
  • Loose or recently sensitive teeth
  • Gum recession

Save Your Teeth & Gums With Treatment

When you have gum disease, all hope is not lost. Our dentists serving Greater Orlando, FL, can examine your smile and determine what’s best for you, such as scaling and root planing or a prescribed medication. Call Classic Smiles today at (407) 378-0139 to request an appointment.