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What’s the best way to deal with periodontal disease? Answer: prevent it. While there are several ways to treat gum disease, doing all you can to avoid it is the best course of action (but our office can work with even the most advanced gum disease). Here are a few things that you should know about periodontal disease and how it is treated.

There are several classifications and levels of gum disease. The first level is referred to as gingivitis and entails light to moderate swelling and redness of the gums. Chronic periodontitis and aggressive periodontitis are further developments of the disease. Periodontitis, followed by necrotizing ulcerative periodontitis, abscesses of the periodontium and combined periodontic-endodontic incisions are advanced progressions of gum disease and necessitate professional treatment.

Servicing for periodontal disease can be performed by a dentist, a dental hygienist or a periodontist. Treatment includes both options that are surgical and those that are non-surgical, and non-surgical alternatives include antibiotic prescription, root planing and scaling, also known as the removal of tartar from the chompers and beneath the gums. For more serious types of gum disease, surgery may perhaps be necessary.

If you are worried about periodontal disease, please let us know at 508.499.3566 now. Dr. Rafla and the whole team at Akram E. Rafla, DMD, PC are committed to your health, and we’ll help you by doing what we can to resolve your concerns. Feel free to pencil in your next checkup with us on the 508.499.3566 or at one of our offices in Worcester or Marlborough, MA.