If you are diagnosed with periodontal (gum) disease, you will most likely need some form of treatment to control the disease and prevent it from spreading. Periodontal therapy is one or more treatments that are designed to eliminate your symptoms, reduce gum pocket size, and decrease your risk of re-infection.
Under the care of an experienced periodontist, patients can often combat the effects of gum disease and get one step closer to optimal gum health.
Dr. Jody Harrison offers a complete range of periodontal therapy services in Asheville, NC. Whether you are in the earliest stage of gum disease or the most advanced stage, we can tailor a treatment plan that is designed especially for your needs. If you would like to learn more about your treatment options, visit our Asheville periodontist office.
Common Periodontal Therapy Treatments
Scaling & Root Planing: The goal of this treatment is to remove calculus and plaque buildup on the teeth and around the gum line. This treatment helps reduce periodontal pockets and helps manage the infection before it causes severe damage to the teeth, gums, and surrounding bone structure. Scaling and root planing may require multiple sessions to achieve effective results.
Osseous Surgery: Osseous surgery is designed to help reduce the pocket depth and prevent the future build-up of plaque and bacteria. Your periodontist will carefully reshape or smooth the affected bone structure and reduce periodontal pockets around the gum tissue.
Bone Grafting: In advanced cases of gum disease, patients may experience bone loss or bone recession, which may create space between the teeth and may ultimately lead to tooth loss. Periodontal bone grafting helps regenerate lost bone structure in the jaw.
Gum Grafting: Gum recession is one of the common effects of periodontal disease. In some cases, gum recession can expose a tooth root, which may require gum grafting treating. Gum graft surgery is designed to cover the expose root and prevent future gum recession and bone loss. If patients have a sufficient amount of healthy gum tissue, your periodontist may use gum tissue from an area in your mouth. In other cases, your periodontist may use donor tissue to restore your gum tissue.
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If you are noticing any signs of gum disease, such as bleeding gums, halitosis, or shifting teeth, it is imperative that you visit the dentist for a gum disease screening. Gum disease is treated best in the earliest stages of development. Asheville periodontist Dr. Harrison offers a complete range of periodontal therapy services for patients with various of gum disease. Visit us for a personalized plan. To schedule an appointment, contact us or request an appointment online.