Gum Disease Treatments

Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. It begins as inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and if left untreated will advance to bone loss around the teeth (periodontitis). Once bone is lost it will never grow back, so it is imperative that gum disease is diagnosed early and treated aggressively. At Skarr Family Dental in Waukesha your periodontal health is evaluated at every cleaning. It is possible to have periodontal disease without any warning signs and this is why regular dental check-ups are very important. Treatment methods depend on the type of disease and how far it has progressed. If treatment is necessary, the tartar that has formed below the gum line is removed with a procedure called scaling and root planning. This can be performed with or without anesthesia and sometimes requires the placement of an antibiotic below the infected gum tissue. Once performed you will be placed on an accelerated cleaning schedule until it is determined that your periodontal health has been stabilized. For a complete periodontal evaluation, and to make sure gum disease is not part of your future, please call Skarr Family Dental to schedule an appointment today.