Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a common condition that can ultimately damage the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In minor cases, periodontal disease causes gum inflammation but advanced disease can result in tooth loss. Fortunately, Dr. Allan Pfeiffer performs a variety of safe and effective periodontal treatments that slow or even stop gum disease before it damages tissue or causes tooth loss.
The main goal of periodontal treatment is to control the bacterial infection that causes gum disease and restore the gums to a healthy, disease-free state. After a comprehensive exam and evaluation to diagnose periodontal disease, Dr. Pfeiffer creates a personalized treatment plan for each patient. The type of treatment largely depends on the extent of the patient’s gum disease.
Periodontal treatments include a deep-cleaning method called scaling and root planing, medications, and surgical treatments. Scaling means Dr. Pfeiffer scrapes off the tartar from above and below the gum line. During root planing, this periodontist gets rid of rough spots on the tooth root where the germs gather in a way that helps remove the bacteria contributing to the gum disease. Dr. Pfeiffer may prescribe medications, including antimicrobials, antibacterial drugs, and antibiotics to optimize scaling and root planing. Flap surgery may be necessary if deep pockets remain in the gums after scaling and root planing. Bone and tissue grafts are necessary in extreme cases.
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