Periodontal Therapy

Did you know that we don’t have to lose our teeth as we age? If good oral hygiene is maintained along with regular professional cleanings and oral examinations, we stand a very good chance of keeping our natural teeth for life. This care not only involves the teeth, but also the structures that surround the teeth: the gums and the tooth-supporting bone.

Periodontal disease is an inflammation of the gum line that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. Dental professionals are always on the lookout for early signs of gum disease that we as patients math not notice. When signs of trouble become apparent, periodontal therapy may be suggested.

Periodontal therapy can take many forms, but the overall goal is ALWAYS to restore the patient’s diseased tissues to health. Our goal through periodontal therapy is to prevent gum disease from progressing to the point of tooth loss.

Our periodontal therapy program is a 3 step process.

  1. Diagnosis – During your initial exam at Brazos Valley Periodontics Center, Dr. Seale will use a periodontal probe to measure the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and the gums. Bleeding upon periodontal probing or pockets measuring more than 3 millimeters may be indicators that periodontal treatment is required.
  2. Treatment – In early stages, gum disease is easily treated with regular professional cleanings and focused home care of your teeth and gums. It is important to understand that periodontal disease progresses if left untreated. When plaque and tartar build up, the damage to the gums can eventually lead to damage to the bone that supports the teeth. When periodontal disease has progresssed to these advanced stages, a deep cleaning is usually recommended. Treatment options can be surgical or non-surgical. Each patient is different and Dr. Seale will recommend treatment to set the patient up for the best possible chance at success.
  3. Maintenance – Once periodontal treatment is complete, a periodontal maintenance schedule will be recommended. Periodontal maintenance is a professional cleaning procedure where a hygienist thouroughly cleans the teeth. This step is important to halting the progression of periodontal disease.