Treatments for Periodontal Disease
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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:




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) 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.

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

What is gum disease? American Dental Association website. Available at: http://www.ada.org/sections/scienceAndResearch/pdfs/forthedentalpatient_jan_2011.pdf . Published 2011. Accessed July 27, 2011.

Last Reviewed September 2013



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