Gum Disease Treatment

gingivitis-periodontitis-cover-and-inner-pageTraditional Gum Disease Treatment in Southfield, MI

Many times early stage periodontal disease can be treated with nonsurgical periodontal therapy. This is generally accomplished with a procedure called Therapeutic Scaling & Root Planing.

Therapeutic Scaling & Root Planing is a meticulous gum disease treatment in Southfield, MI designed to remove toxins and bacteria from root surfaces of the teeth allowing the body’s immune system to begin the healing process. The purpose of this treatment is to eliminate bacteria that cause gum disease and to shrink periodontal pockets that harbor bacteria.

In severe cases of periodontal disease, this therapy often precedes surgical therapy. This is done to improve overall tissue quality prior to surgery and also to help limit the areas requiring surgery.

Sometimes surgical intervention is necessary when periodontal pockets become very deep and are not accessible to cleaning. As periodontal disease progresses, supporting tissue and bone is destroyed, forming “pockets” around the teeth. Over time, these pockets become deeper, providing a larger space for bacteria to live. These deep pockets continue to collect bacteria, resulting in further bone and tissue damage. If untreated, continued bone deterioration will occur resulting in eventual tooth loss.

Pocket reduction can be successfully accomplished through a procedure known as osseous surgery. During this periodontal procedure, the pockets are eliminated or reduced by trimming away gum tissue and reshaping uneven bone. Reduced pockets and a combination of daily oral hygiene and professional maintenance care are critical in preventing the further progression of periodontal disease, and helping to maintain your healthy smile!