Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal therapy is essential for people who have developed gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. The purpose of periodontal therapy is to prevent the progression of gum disease and gingivitis by removing harmful bacteria and infection from the gum tissue. 

This treatment is tailored to fit the severity of the gum disease, and your dentist will recommend a treatment plan based on your individual needs. Our team at Indian Trail Dental Studio is here to help with any questions or concerns you have about  gum therapy. Call today to book your appointment.

What Is Periodontal Therapy?

Periodontal therapy is a treatment designed to address periodontal disease, which affects the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. Periodontal disease is caused by a bacterial infection, which can lead to inflammation, gum recession, and bone loss around the teeth. If left untreated, it can ultimately result in tooth loss.

Periodontal therapy typically involves a combination of professional cleaning and maintenance, patient education and lifestyle changes. The specific approach used will depend on the severity of the disease and the patient’s needs.

Our Process for Periodontal Therapy

At Indian Trail Dental Studio, we understand the importance of treating gum disease effectively to maintain your oral health. Our dental team follows a comprehensive process for periodontal therapy that is specifically tailored to the needs of each patient. Here’s what to expect when receiving periodontal therapy: 

    • Evaluation and diagnosis: Our dental team will begin by assessing the condition of your gums and reviewing your medical history to determine the best course of treatment for you. We may take x-rays and use a periodontal probe to measure the depth of your gum pockets, which helps us diagnose the stage of your gum disease.
    • Scaling and root planing: Scaling and root planing is a procedure that involves the removal of plaque, tartar, and other harmful bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth and root surfaces. This procedure is done using hand scalers and ultrasonic instruments to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. For patient comfort, we may use local anesthesia during the procedure.
    • X-ray: Once the cleaning therapy is finished, an x-ray will be performed to ensure all of the plaque and buildup is completely removed from the teeth. 
    • Antibiotic treatment: After scaling and root planing, we may apply a topical or oral antibiotic to the affected areas of your gums to promote healing and reduce the risk of infection. This treatment is customized based on the severity of your gum disease and individual needs.
  • Follow-up care: Regular follow-up care is essential to the success of periodontal therapy. Our dental team will work with you to develop an ongoing hygiene plan that includes at-home care and follow-up appointments to monitor your gum health and ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
  • Additional treatments: In some cases, periodontal surgery or other additional treatments may be necessary to achieve optimal periodontal health. Our experienced dental team will discuss any additional treatments with you and develop a customized treatment plan.

At Indian Trail Dental Studio, we are dedicated to providing our patients with exceptional periodontal therapy care. If you have signs of gum disease or want to learn more about the periodontal therapy process, please contact us to schedule a consultation.

What Happens if Gum Therapy Is Done Incorrectly or Not At All?

Not participating in gum therapy or periodontal treatment can lead to serious consequences for your oral health. Gum disease, if left untreated, can progress and cause irreversible damage to your gums, teeth, and supporting bone. Here are some of the dangers of not participating in gum therapy:

  • Tooth loss: Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. If left untreated, it can cause the gums to recede and the teeth to become loose and eventually fall out.
  • Bone loss: Gum disease can cause bone loss in the jaw, which can lead to further tooth loss and changes in facial structure.
  • Chronic bad breath: Gum disease can cause persistent bad breath due to the buildup of bacteria and plaque in the mouth.
  • Gum abscesses: If gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to the formation of abscesses in the gums, which can be painful and require further treatment.

Participating in gum therapy and other periodontal treatments is essential for maintaining good oral health and preventing further complications. If you have signs of gum disease, like bleeding gums, bad breath, or loose teeth, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your oral and overall health.

Getting the Periodontal Therapy You Need Today

If you are experiencing signs of gum disease or have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, it is important to take action and get the periodontal therapy you need today. By working with Indian Trail Dental Studio to develop a customized treatment plan and following good oral hygiene practices at home, you can prevent further damage to your gums and teeth and maintain good oral health over the long term.  

If you’re ready to receive periodontal therapy, contact our care team today.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is important to recognize the signs that may indicate the need for periodontal therapy so that you can seek treatment as soon as possible. Here are some of the common signs you may need periodontal therapy: 

  • Bleeding gums: If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, it may be a sign of gingivitis or more advanced periodontal disease.
  • Swollen or red gums: Inflammation and redness of the gums can be a sign of gum disease.
  • Bad breath: Persistent bad breath, even after brushing and flossing, can show there’s a buildup of bacteria in the mouth.
  • Receding gums: As gum disease progresses, the gums may recede, making the teeth appear longer and exposing the roots.
  • Loose teeth: More advanced gum disease can cause the teeth to become loose and may ultimately lead to tooth loss.
  • Tooth sensitivity: As the gums recede, the tooth roots may become exposed, causing sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures.
  • Pain or discomfort: Advanced gum disease can cause pain or discomfort in the gums, teeth, and surrounding areas.


Early detection and treatment can help to prevent further damage to your gums and teeth, and improve your overall oral health. With proper care and maintenance, it is possible to manage periodontal disease and maintain good oral health over the long term.

While brushing and flossing at home are crucial for removing plaque and preventing cavities, professional cleanings are necessary to remove the buildup of hardened plaque that cannot be removed with regular brushing and flossing alone.

Our team will provide specific instructions for when you can eat and drink after periodontal therapy.

No, periodontal therapy is not typically painful. However, you may experience some discomfort or sensitivity afterward, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Hasmi R. Patel, DMD

Dr. Hasmi Patel

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