What Are the Stages of Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is divided into four stages, each successively worse than the one before it. The first stage, gingivitis, can be reversed, but the rest can only be treated. Severe periodontal disease often involves the loss of teeth and even soft tissue or other bones. It can also contribute to other health problems, including heart attacks and strokes.
The staff at our Cerritos dentist office are experienced in treating all stages of periodontal disease.
Are There Non-Surgical Options for Periodontal Treatment?
Gingivitis can usually be successfully treated with a deep cleaning. This is a two-step procedure. The first step, scaling, involves removing the plaque and tartar from beneath your gums. The second step, root planing, involves smoothing the surfaces of your roots to discourage bacteria from growing there again.
Your mouth is normally numbed with a local anesthetic during a deep cleaning. Sometimes oral or topical antibiotics are given to help control the infection in the mouth after a deep cleaning.
More advanced periodontal disease may involve a deep cleaning as a part of treatment, but it isn’t enough to successfully treat more advanced stages of the disease.