Once your gum disease progresses to this point, it cannot be reversed and instead must be managed. We here at El Paso Modern Dentistry want our patients to understand the risks of gum disease and why we like to manage it both in our office and in your home with periodontal care.
If you took a look around you at your circle of friends, would it surprise you to discover that at least half of them had some type of periodontal disease? Periodontal disease is one of the most common chronic illnesses plaguing Americans, despite it being highly preventable. While early-stage gum disease is treatable and can be cured, more advanced gum disease needs a special type of management called periodontal care.
WHAT IS PERIODONTAL CARE AND WHO NEEDS IT?
WHAT WE CAN DO
Managing periodontitis requires periodontal care. This can include scaling and root planing. During a scaling, we will carefully remove all hardened calculus from your teeth. We will also advise a root planing, which will help stop the progression of your gum disease. This includes thoroughly cleaning up underneath your gumline.
We will remove all the calculus from your gums; then we will smooth your tooth roots. This makes it harder for bacteria to build up again in the future and makes it easier for your gums to reattach to your tooth roots. We may also recommend an antibiotic treatment to combat the infection, and more frequent appointments to help control and prevent the disease from getting worse.