The goal of periodontal treatment is to control and stop the infection. It can’t always save the affected teeth.
These are 6 common preventative treatments of differing degrees:
1. Removing plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line (hurts). 2. Removing hard deposits from the root (hurts). 3. Removing diseased tissue and infection from the tissue lining and jawbone (hurts). 4. Prescribing antibacterial mouth rinses and/or antibiotics (doesn’t hurt). 5. Reshaping your bite by grinding a tooth’s surface (doesn’t hurt). 6. Splinting teeth together to stabilize loose teeth (never had it, don’t know).
Treatments range from deep cleaning (scaling and root planing), flap surgery, bone and tissue grafts, and bone transplants. I recommend nitrous oxide before Novocaine injections for painful treatments.
Saundra Goodman Got Teeth? A Survivor’s Guide How to keep your teeth or live without them. www.gotteethguide.com