Callery Dental Care, LLC
Sarah E Callery, DDS
Dental periodontal treatment is a type of dental care that focuses on the health of the gums and other supportive structures of the teeth.Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection that affects the gums and can lead to the loss of teeth if left untreated.
Periodontal treatment may include one or more of the following procedures, depending on the severity of the disease:
Scaling and root planing: This procedure involves removing plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and smoothing the root surfaces to reduce the risk of further infection.
Antibiotic therapy: Antibiotics may be prescribed to help fight the infection and reduce inflammation.
Soft tissue grafts: In cases of severe gum recession, a soft tissue graft may be performed to add tissue to the affected area and promote the growth of healthy gum tissue.
Pocket reduction surgery: In cases of advanced gum disease, pocket reduction surgery may be performed to reduce the depth of the pockets between the teeth and gums, making it easier to keep the area clean and reducing the risk of further infection.
The goal of periodontal treatment is to control the infection, reduce inflammation, and prevent the progression of gum disease. By treating gum disease, it is possible to restore the health of the gums, reduce the risk of tooth loss, and improve overall oral health. Regular visits to the dentist and good oral hygiene practices can help maintain good periodontal health and prevent the development of gum disease.