Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal Therapy in Peoria, IL

The optimum form of periodontal treatment for each unique patient hinges on the severity and type of disease. The progression of periodontal disease continues as the space or gap between the tooth and gums takes on harmful bacteria, plaque, and tartar. This results in serious gum irritation and potential damage to the gums.

In cases when periodontal disease is detected during the early stages of gingivitis, before any serious damage has occurred, one to two teeth cleanings may be recommended. If the disease has evolved to more critical stages, an advanced periodontal treatment called scaling and root planning (deep cleaning) may be suggested by your Peoria dentists. This procedure is typically performed in one quadrant of the mouth at a time. During scaling and root planning treatment, plaque is removed from the lining of the gums (scaling) and rigid areas on the surface of the root is smoothened (planning). In essence, this treatment helps tissue heal while allowing pockets in the gums to shrink.

In cases where the pockets fail to heal after scaling and root planning, surgery may be recommended as an effort to minimize pocket depths. This not only reduces the amount of debris that can make its way in the pockets, but this also makes teeth easier to clean. Your Peoria dentist may also recommend that you see a Periodontist to continue the periodontal treatment.