How is Periodontal Disease treated?

If you’re diagnosed with periodontal disease, your periodontist may recommend a range of treatments. Commonly non-surgical treatment involving thorough debridement (cleaning) of the tooth root surfaces will be undertaken often over a number of appointments. In some cases periodontal surgery may be required to gain adequate access to the root surfaces. Periodontal surgery is necessary when your periodontist determines that the tissue around your teeth is unhealthy and cannot be repaired with non-surgical treatment.

A range of surgical treatments may be available to achieve a number of aims. Commonly surgery may be undertaken to:

  • Gain access to the root surfaces
  • Reduce the depth of periodontal pockets
  • Regenerate lost periodontal attachment
  • Increase the amount of tooth above the gum for restorative procedures
  • Graft tissue into areas where disease has result in loss of gum tissue.

In addition, dental implants may be an option when teeth have been lost.