Should You Get Periodontal Therapy? The Facts About Gum Disease Treatment

by | Jul 16, 2022 | Blog Posts

Should You Get Periodontal Therapy? The Facts About Gum Disease Treatment

Every healthy and happy smile is supported by equally healthy gums. But what happens when you have to seek gum disease treatment or are at risk of periodontal disease? You need your teeth to last a lifetime!

Periodontal therapy is much more comprehensive than normal dental cleaning, and it can help preserve your teeth and gums, as well as your smile.

What Is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is a progressive gum disease or infection that can damage the soft tissue of the gums as well as the bone surrounding the tooth. It is often caused due to poor oral hygiene and develops as plaque is ignored.

Plaque that is never properly brushed off will eventually become tartar which must be removed by a dental hygienist. Gingivitis is the least severe form of periodontitis which is when the gums become inflamed.

Untreated gingivitis can cause a periodontal pocket. As time progresses and the inflammation is untreated, the infection becomes worse, and the pocket depth increases, resulting in periodontitis. [1]

According to the MayoClinic, symptoms of periodontitis include: [2]

  • Gums that are puffy or swollen
  • Discolored gums (purple, bright red, dull red)
  • Tender gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Bloody or pink toothbrush after brushing
  • Consistent bad breath
  • Finding pus between your teeth and gums
  • Loose teeth or tooth loss
  • Painful chewing
  • Teeth spreading out creating new spaces between teeth
  • Receding gum line
  • Changes to how your bite feels

Why Should It Be Treated?

If left untreated, periodontal disease could lead to loose teeth. If enough tissue destruction has occurred, the tooth could be lost entirely. Gum disease is an infection, and infections can spread to other parts of your mouth or body, causing further health complications.

When Should You Get Periodontal Therapy?

Of course, every patient’s symptoms and needs will differ, but in most cases, you should seek periodontal therapy if you’re experiencing any of the following concerns.

Early Signs of Infection

If you’re seeing the early signs of periodontal infection start to take place, seek an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. They will set up a periodontal therapy course of action as well as home care routines.

Tartar Buildup

As noted above, periodontal disease can develop due to untreated tartar buildup, which leads to gingivitis. How it presents may differ in the different parts of your mouth. In any case, tartar removal requires professional care.

The Different Stages and Steps of Periodontal Therapy and Gum Disease Treatment

Non-surgical procedures that are part of periodontal therapy are effective at preventing the spread of gum disease.

Scaling and Root Planing

According to a study published by the Journal of American Dental Association, 47.2% of adults over 30 years old are affected by chronic periodontitis. That same study also found that scaling and root planing were beneficial to patients with this condition. [3]

Scaling is a simple procedure that gently removes plaque and tartar buildup from the tooth below the gum line.

Root planing is performed similarly, but the object is to gently smooth the tooth’s surface to eradicate any stubborn bacteria or periodontal pockets. This will also allow loose gums to heal and easily reattach.


In order to reduce the number of bacteria living in your mouth, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics. In most cases, these come in either as topical applications applied directly to the site or as an oral prescription.

These measures are often not enough to cure gum disease on their own, and other more comprehensive therapies may be required.

At-Home Routine Care

Your dentist will prescribe a home routine that will help you protect your newly clean teeth to prevent further buildup and infection. They may also recommend a specific toothpaste or toothbrush.

A Referral to a Periodontist (Gum Specialist)

In more advanced cases of periodontitis, your general dentist may refer you to a periodontist for further care.

Call Empire Dental Care For Gum Disease Treatment!

At Empire Dental Care, we promote gentle dental care. These periodontal therapies are highly effective solutions for early gum disease treatment. Call our offices today at 585-671-1650 to schedule a consultation.






Dr. Cohen has been practicing dentistry in private and public settings for over 10 years, completing her DMD degree in 2010 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Committed to providing dental care of the highest level, Dr. Cohen relocated to Rochester in 2016 to pursue advanced dental trainings at the Dental Urgent Care Fellowship at The University of Rochester, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, graduating in 2017, and the AEGD Residency program in 2019. She recently completed an additional advanced General Practice Residency program at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany NY. This summer she moved back to Rochester with her husband Kevin, a native Rochesterian, to be closer to family. Throughout her career and personal life, Dr. Cohen has shown her genuine compassion and care to people and patients from all walks of life. She volunteered in underserved areas, practiced in clinics for patients with complex special needs, and treated medically compromised patients among others. She also taught and mentored other dentists and students helping them achieve their professional and personal goals. Most of all, Dr. Cohen’s warm personality and love of people create a welcoming, comfortable feeling for both patients and staff.