If you have periodontal disease and want to keep your teeth, it’s going to require some treatment and some slight changes in lifestyle. Here’s the outline of what you need to do:
Initially, you need to get a deep cleaning, also called “scaling and root planing”. Your hygienist will use anesthetic to make your procedure more comfortable. She will then go under your gums and remove all of the calculus (tartar) and microbial debris from the tooth surface. Since this cleaning is more involved, the appointments are usually spaced out over two to five appointments. It’s considerably more expensive than a routine cleaning.
Your hygienist will provide you with important information regarding at-home dental hygiene care after your scaling and root planing.
The initial treatment may also include some medications. This is a developing area of knowledge, but, in the cases of some patients, periodontitis is responding to light doses of a tetracycline to help resist the bone destruction and also antimicrobial irrigation under the gums.
Your teeth will need to professionally cleaned more often. Rather than every six months, you will now need to have your teeth cleaned every two, three, or four months. Your hygienist and Dr. Kutlay will make that determination and recommendation for you.