is the treatment of active gum and jaw
bone disease. Gum disease treatment can slow or stop the progression
of gum disease. Since there are different stages of gum disease
(from gingivitis to advanced periodontitis), there are different
levels of treatment. In some cases, the patient may be referred
to a specialist.
consists of one or more of the following procedures, depending on
the individual case:
and Root Planing
and Root Planing is a common non-surgical treatment for periodontal
disease. By using special instruments, Dr. Sells
removes bacteria and infection from the unhealthy deep pockets around
the teeth below the gum line. This is often referred to as a "deep
First the tooth
is scaled to remove the plaque and tarter that has accumulated
on the tooth.
Then the root
is planed or smoothed. This eliminates any rough areas on
the root that can easily trap plaque and bacteria.
smooth clean root provides a healthy environment to allow the gums
to heal naturally and reattach to the tooth. This will create a
reduced pocket, therefore eliminating areas for bacteria to hide
and cause further disease.
Root Planing combined with a strict home care routine and more frequent
periodontal cleanings and exams will increase your chances of keeping
your natural smile.
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advances in periodontal treatment allow us to now place medications
directly at the site of infection. One of the most commonly used
medications of this kind is Arestin.
This is often used in conjunction with scaling and root planing.
In addition, an antimicrobial rinse is sometimes used after some
new medication called Periostat®
has been developed specifically to combat periodontal infection
by bolstering your body's immune response to bacteria that cause
periodontal disease. Dr. Sells
will evaluate your specific case to see if Periostat®
is right for you.
Strict Home Care Regimen
A home care routine specific to the patient's individual needs
may be prepared to prevent the patient from relapsing.
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