Key Gum Disease Treatments
Scaling and Root Planing
During scaling we clear bacteria from between your gums and teeth. With root planing, we do the same down at the tooth root level, then smooth out the roots to prevent bacteria from returning. With scaling and root planing we’ll make your gums look and feel healthy again!
If your gum disease reaches an advanced stage, you may need surgery. With osseous surgery, we pull back your gums to access large, hard-to-reach periodontal pockets. We also remove tartar buildup and any untreatable diseased tissue. We may need to reshape and restore parts of your jawbone with bone grafting to accelerate recovery and reattachment to the gums.
After you’ve undergone your initial gum disease treatment, we usually have you come back to our office for periodontal maintenance several times per year. These appointments give us the opportunity to perform additional scaling and root planing to keep gum disease-causing bacteria at bay. Periodontal maintenance, in combination with a regular home dental hygiene regimen, can keep your gum disease from ever causing you problems again.