Periodontal disease, or gum disease, can be treated successfully, but it requires intervention by a dental professional. The first treatment Dr. Wayman here at Wayman Family & Cosmetic Dentistry generally employs is a periodontal deep cleaning of the gums to prevent further damage to the gums and bones. This cleaning usually involves scaling and root planing, where when plaque is removed from underneath the gums and the roots of the teeth are smoothed out. Antibiotics are sometimes used in the form of a medicated mouthwash or topical treatment. In some severe cases, surgery or bone grafting may be required.
Common Periodontal Care Questions