If you’ve been diagnosed with periodontal disease early on, the good news is that it often can be treated successfully. The first nonsurgical step usually involves a very thorough, special cleaning, called “scaling and root planing,” to remove plaque and tartar deposits from the periodontal pockets and on the tooth and root surfaces. This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and periodontal pockets to shrink. This is sometimes referred to as “periodontal cleaning” or “deep cleaning.”
If the gums do not respond to nonsurgical treatment then your periodontist may advise some minimally invasive gum surgery to encourage the gum and the supporting structures to heal, providing a more stable foundation for your teeth.
It’s important to know that if you are susceptible to periodontitis then your oral hygiene regime will need some work. Your periodontist will teach you how to maintain an impeccable level cleanliness and your recall interval with the dental hygienist may be increased.