PERIODONTAL TREATMENT 2019-08-03T17:22:30+00:00

Early Detection Is Key

In most cases the progression of early gum disease can be slowed or stopped with appropriate treatment and home care, and Lexington Family Dentistry has the right experience, skill and technology available to help.

Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. We will evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment.

Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums gets filled with tartar, plaque or bacteria, causing irritation to the surrounding tissues. When these irritants remain in the pocket space, they can cause damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth!

If the disease is caught in the early stages of gingivitis, and there is no damage, one to two regular cleanings will be recommended. You will also be given instructions on improving your daily oral hygiene habits and having regular dental cleanings.

If the disease is in a more advanced stage, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) will be recommended. It is usually done one quadrant of the mouth at a time while the area is numb. In this procedure, tartar, plaque, and toxins are removed from above and below the gum line (scaling) and rough spots on root surfaces are made smooth (planing). This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and pockets to shrink. Medications, special medicated mouth rinses, and an electric tooth brush may be recommended to help control infection and healing.

If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planning, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean. Dr. Craver may also recommend that you see a Periodontist (specialist of the gums and supporting bone).

The Highest Standards

You and your smile deserve the very best dental care. We are committed to a standard of excellence that allows us to achieve optimal dental health.

The Best Experience

Dental visits can understandably make people uneasy. We strive to create a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere, coupled with highly personalized care.

The Right Expertise

Not only are we highly skilled and trained, but we also pride ourselves on continuing to learn so we can provide state of the art dental care. All to keep your smile healthy.