by Carson-DeWitt R

Treatments for Periodontal Disease

The treatment and management of periodontal disease involves lifestyle changes, medications, other treatments, alternative and complementary therapies, and possibly surgery.
The goals of treatment of periodontal disease include:
  • Controlling the underlying infection
  • Halting destruction of the gums, tissues, and bones that support your teeth
  • Avoiding potential tooth loss
Your dentist may need to refer you to a specialist in the treatment of gum disease, called a periodontist.
Treatment involves the following:
Lifestyle changesMedicationsSurgeryOther treatments

References

Gum disease: what you need to know. American Academy of Periodontology website. Available at: http://www.perio.org/consumer/gum-disease.htm. Updated May 2011. Accessed July 27, 2011.

Periodontal (gum) diseases. American Dental Association website. Available at: http://www.ada.org. Updated March 2005. Accessed April 23, 2009.

Periodontal (gum) disease. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research website. Available at: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/GumDisease. Updated March 2011. Accessed July 27, 2011.

What is gum disease? American Dental Association website. Available at: http://www.ada.org/sections/scienceAndResearch/pdfs/forthedentalpatient%5Fjan%5F2011.pdf. Published 2011. Accessed July 27, 2011.

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