Our office offers nonsurgical as well as medicinal therapy for periodontal disease. One visit cleanings are performed daily. However, when dealing with a patient diagnosed with periodontal disease, a treatment plan is first discussed with the patient by the dentist and hygienist. This may include ''deep'' scaling of the root surfaces of the teeth under the gumline. This treatment usually requires more than one visit. Once this is completed, the dentist will reevaluate the patient's periodontal status approximately six weeks later. If the disease state has improved and stabilized, the patient will be placed on a more frequent cleaning schedule to keep ahead of the disease. For those who do not respond favorably to this first line of treatment, a referral to a periodontist, or gum specialist, is provided.
We also offer Arestin placement for localized areas of periodontal disease. This is a syringe placement of an antibiotic in the area between the tooth and gum that is diseased. This is done to reduce the bacteria that are causing the gums to ''pull away'' from the tooth and create a pocket that is difficult for the patient to keep clean with brushing and flossing alone.