Interceptive Treatment for Periodontal Disease
Interceptive periodontal treatment is designed to protect patients who are at an increased risk for developing gum disease. Several factors affect a person’s risk for developing gum disease, including smoking, genetics, certain systemic diseases, and a history of prior gum disease. In these cases, dentists may recommend beginning an interceptive treatment plan designed to halt periodontal disease before it has a chance to cause gum, bone, or tooth loss.
Types of Interceptive Periodontal Treatments
Patients undergoing interceptive periodontal treatment may need to visit the dentist more frequently than twice per year. In fact, many visit quarterly for exams and dental cleanings. During these visits, the gums are inspected for signs of disease, which include gum recession, redness, inflammation, and the formation of pockets around the teeth. If an exam reveals signs of disease activity, the
hygienist may administer medication to periodontal pockets to help eliminate bacteria.
Scaling and root planing may also be necessary to treat active periodontal disease.
171 South Maize Road,