How is periodontal disease initially treated?

When we first diagnose periodontal disease in one of our Northridge & Woodland Hills patients, our first course of action will be to perform laser periodontal therapy. This treatment approach involves using a dental laser to carefully eliminate diseased gum tissue and eradicate bacteria that is worsening the condition. From there, we will gently remove plaque from the area with a specialized ultrasonic cleaning tool. The entire process is extremely comfortable and associated with very minimal pain, swelling and bleeding, along with a quick and easy recovery period.

Why are maintenance visits required after the initial treatment?

Although there is no cure for periodontal disease, it can be successfully managed with routine maintenance visits. These appointments will keep your disease under control, and thus will prevent you from needing a more aggressive procedure in the future.

After your initial treatment, the bacteria that causes periodontal disease will likely reappear in about three months. At that point, our goal is to eradicate the bacteria as quickly as possible, to prevent it from permanently harming the surrounding and supporting structures. To that end, we advise our Northridge patients to schedule their periodontal maintenance visits every three to four months, so we are able to clear away any harmful bacteria before it does lasting damage.

What to expect during your periodontal maintenance visits

You can expect your periodontal maintenance visits to be extremely comfortable and pleasant. In fact, many of our Northridge & Woodland Hills patients enjoy returning to the office for these deep cleanings, because they feel good knowing they’re making a healthy choice that will impact their overall wellbeing.

To begin, we will thoroughly clean your teeth, gums and roots. This cleaning is much more comprehensive than a regular dental cleaning, and will involve the precise removal of any plaque, tartar and bacteria in the area. In addition, it’ll be performed in a gentle and delicate manner, to ensure that you experience absolutely no pain or discomfort throughout the treatment experience. From there, we will assess the overall health and strength of your teeth and gums, and collect updated x-rays so we can diagnose any issues that may lurk beneath the surface.