The initial stage of treatment is usually a thorough cleaning that may include scaling to remove plaque and tartar deposits beneath the gum line.
The tooth roots may also be planed to smooth the root surface allowing the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth. In some cases, the occlusion (bite) may require adjustment. Your General Dentist or Hygienist may do these procedures before considering a referral to our office.
Antibiotics or irrigation with anti-microbials (chemical agents or mouth rinses) may be recommended to help control the growth of bacteria that create toxins and cause periodontal disease. In some cases, Dr. Habekost may also place antibiotics in the periodontal pockets after scaling and root planing. This may be done to control infection and to speed healing.
Scaling and Root Planing can also be done in combination with a Laser (La NAP),