Understanding Periodontal Disease and Treatment Options
- Posted on: Dec 15 2018
Periodontal disease is a condition many patients hear about, but often don’t know a whole lot about how it develops and how it can impact the smile. At the practice of Dr. David S. Frey, patients can enjoy periodontal services under one roof from start to finish.
Periodontal disease diagnosis
To receive a proper diagnosis of periodontal disease, patients need to visit their dentist for an evaluation. The dentist can physically evaluate the smile and also take x-rays to check on changes in the mouth that may indicate a problem. A diagnosis will tell the patient what stage their condition has reached.
Periodontal disease treatment
Once a diagnosis is made, patients can then work with their dentist to start an effective treatment plan. Treatment may include the use of antibiotics and a special cleaning called scaling and root planning to address plaque, tartar, and bacteria in the smile.
Periodontal disease maintenance
It is essential that patients understand that periodontal disease is a condition that, once developed, cannot be cured. However, with routine visits to the dentist, patients may be able to control the infection and keep the smile healthy. While most patients visit the dentist twice a year, a patient that has been diagnosed with periodontal disease will need to see the dentist more often for monitoring of their condition and treatments as needed.
Periodontal disease prevention
The key to periodontal disease prevention is keeping the smile healthy and clean. Patients should brush their teeth after every meal, floss at least once a day, and visit their dentist every six months or as problems arise to catch problems early enough for successful intervention.
Interested in periodontal treatment?
Dr. David S. Frey can help! With the ability to examine, diagnose, and treat periodontal disease, patients find that visiting with a professional that has a wide range of experience is a great way to tackle problem areas within the smile. If you are interested in learning more about periodontal diagnosis and treatment, we encourage you to contact us at (310) 276-4537 to schedule an appointment at the office in Beverly Hills, CA at Suite 414 of 4622 North Linden Drive.
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