Active treatment combined with a strict maintenance program for patients with periodontal disease is highly effective with success rates of over 80%. Patients who are inconsistent in their periodontal disease treatments have a much higher rate of tooth loss than those who follow their treatment and maintenance schedules. Smoking also has an effect on treatments, especially when the disease develops deep inside the gums.
While treatments will vary depending on how far the disease has advanced, this is typically accomplished with the cleaning, scaling, and surgery to remove affected areas where necessary. Then we must return the gums to a state of health where only maintenance is required. This is usually accomplished with cleaning and antibiotics. They can either be in oral or topical forms. In advanced cases of this disease, surgery may be required to restore the bone and gum structures in which support teeth.
Once the treatment of the disease is completed and the gums have returned healthy, maintenance begins with follow up visits to our office as well as home care. Vigilance in this area has very positive results while negligence can prove costly. If you have questions regarding our treatment regimen for periodontal disease, please call for a consultation today.