Common Treatments for periodontal disease

Common Treatments for periodontal disease

Posted by Dr. Abeyta on Dec 20 2011, 01:44 AM

Your dentist will examine you for signs of periodontal disease. They may ask you to show how your teeth come together, so they can see if there is any space between them (this space is called a diastema).

Your dentist will also examine your gums and check for bleeding. They will use an instrument called a periodontal probe, which has a blunt tip, to measure the spaces between your teeth and gums. Healthy gums should fit snugly against each other without spaces.

Scaling and root planing

Scaling and root planing is a type of deep cleaning for your teeth. We may recommend the procedure if you have signs of gum disease, such as swollen or bleeding gums. Scaling and root planing involves removing plaque and tartar from your teeth and root surfaces.

Antibiotic therapy

To treat a periodontal abscess, your dentist will prescribe an antibiotic. You can take this medication by mouth or apply it to the abscessed area.

If the dentist has prescribed an antibiotic by mouth, you’ll take all the pills or liquid as directed. It is very important that you finish the medication. Failing to do so could make the infection worse.

If you have an antibiotic ointment, you will apply a small amount to the abscessed area in the morning and evening.

Antibiotic therapy can take several days to treat.

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