Treatment/ Cures for Periodontal / Gum Disease:
1 Mild : very early gum disease ginviitis alone, is treated in most dental offices with routine cleanings followed by 3-6 month cleanings. If the build on the teeth is extensive with no bone loss treatment / cure might require a more extensive cleaning (debridement). All these treatments will “cure periodontal disease” at this stage.
2 Moderate Periodontal / Gum Disease : at this stage chronic bacterial infection has caused loss of bone supporting teeth. Bone loss is minimal and periodontal pockets are no more than 5 mm. Treatment in my Palm Harbor FL dental office usually includes deep cleaning with needleless local anesthetic and placement of specifically designed local antibiotic’s into pockets of 5mm. For some people this is a cure, for others at this stage of infection we are just maintaining. In my Palm Harbor FL dental office we maintain this stage of periodontal disease with 3 month periodontal maintenance visits.
3 Advanced Periodontal / Gum Disease: this level of chronic bacterial infection has cause significant bone loss, pockets of 6mm and greater and loosening of the teeth. A persons physical health maybe affected. To cure this stage of gum disease some bad teeth will need to be extracted and the less severely affected teeth may be treated with scaling, root planning and placement of localized antibiotics. If the hopless teeth are not removed, the disease is not cured, just maintained and tolerating a lower disease level rather than a cure. Some dentists / dental office choose to refer this class of patients to a periodontist. We do treat most people at this level of gum disease in my Palm Harbor FL Tampa Bay Area dental office.
4 Hopeless Periodontal/ Gum Disease : at this stage, the disease process is possibly maintainable but the only cure is removal of all bad teeth (possibly all remaining teeth) and the fabrication of replacement teeth. In my Palm Harbor FL Tampa bay area dental office this is usually done under sedation.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A