Gum disease can be tough to deal with, but periodontal treatment from your dentist can solve the issue. This disease and infection is located in the structures in and around the teeth but does not include the actual teeth themselves. This will include the gums, alveolar bone, and periodontal ligament.
When these areas are affected, it can cause many different issues to begin popping up. However, if the proper steps are taken to have a periodontal treatment, then the issues can be rendered and the patient will have the healthy gums they had before.
How periodontal disease is treated
Periodontal disease is easily treated using the appropriate steps of treatment. Today we will look at how this works and the benefits it will give the patient after the procedure.
Phase 1 of periodontal treatment
During this phase of the treatment, the focus will be on controlling any infection that is happening and restoring the healthy microbes that should be in the place where the infection is located.
Typically it is during this phase of the treatment that the dentist will take a good amount of time to help the patient understand what they can do to avoid this from happening in the future. By teaching them the best practices to help avoid periodontal disease, the dentist will be able to help keep their gums in the best shape possible after the treatment.
Keeping excellent oral hygiene is the most important aspect of this stage of treatment. Once that aspect of the oral hygiene regimen is nailed, the rest of the procedure is pretty straight forward.
Phase 2 of periodontal treatment
If more conservative treatments that were completed during the first phase did not eliminate the disease, the surgical phase will be completed.
During this phase, the dentist will inspect all of the areas of the gums, even below the gum line, to ensure there are no leftover pockets of bacteria that could continue forming. Typically this is done under anesthesia.
After this is done, the patient should be left with bacteria-free gums and adjacent areas and will not need to worry about anything else cropping up and forming for the time being.
Phase 3 of periodontal treatment
This phase is the one considered the ‘maintenance phase’ and is all about continuing to teach the patient the best ways to keep the disease from forming again. The dentist will carefully detail out a good oral hygiene routine to keep and help the patient practice techniques to help ward off any issues from popping up between visits.
The dentist will also explain the importance of keeping a twice-per-year schedule with the dentist to help detect any trouble spots before they form in the future.
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