Treatments for Gum Disease

There are a variety of treatments available for periodontal disease depending on the stage of your disease, how you may have responded to earlier treatments, and your overall health.

Treatments range from nonsurgical therapies that control bacterial growth to surgery to restore supportive tissues.


Non-surgical periodontal therapy

Scaling and Root Planing

Also called “deep cleaning”, scaling and root planing is a way to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line and smooth rough root surfaces so the gums can reattach to the teeth.

Antibiotic Therapy

If active infection is present antibiotics may be used either in the form of pills or as a concentrated form applied directly to the diseased gum pockets around the teeth


Surgical Treatments for periodontal disease

Pocket Reduction Procedures

During this procedure the gums are lifted away from the teeth slightly to allow Dr. Streif to remove bacterial deposits to the level where bone destruction is occurring.  After the area being treated is clean and smooth the gums are placed snugly around the tooth and held in position with sutures so the gums can reattach to the teeth more tightly than they were before treatment.

Bone Regeneration

In some cases destroyed bone can be restored by placing bone graft material around the teeth after the infection has been removed.  Particles of synthetic bone, donated bone or refined proteins which stimulate bone growth are placed into areas where the original supporting bone for teeth has been destroyed by periodontal disease. 

Gum Tissue Grafting

Gum tissue which has been destroyed by trauma or periodontal disease can be restored by grafting with either your own natural tissue from another part of your mouth, donor tissue or synthetic  materials.  Gum tissue grafting can strengthen the teeth, reduce sensitivity and improve the appearance of your smile.

Dental Implant Placement

Dental implants can be used to replace one or more teeth.  They provide a good alternative to dentures or dental bridges.

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a procedure that repositions the gums so that more of the tooth is exposed.  It can be used to improve the appearance of your teeth or to assist your dentist in placing a high quality restoration on your tooth.


Sometimes the attachment of the lip to the gums is in a location which causes the gums to pull away from the tooth, prevents the teeth from aligning properly or affects speech.  This attachment can be repositioned with a laser to eliminate these problems.


Abnormal tissue is removed and submitted to a pathologist for diagnosis.

Laser Procedures

Lasers are used for a variety of procedures including recontouring abnormal gum tissue, treating sores in the mouth, killing bacteria and as an alternative to conventional surgery.

Periodontal Maintenance

After treatment has been completed and a high level of periodontal health has been restored, ongoing preventive care is critical to preserving the health of your mouth.  This involves thorough dental cleanings and assessment of the health of your gums, usually on a three to four month basis.

For additional information, we refer you to the AAP American Academy of Periodontology website: right arrow web icon green 72dpi

Or, AAP Periodontal Treatments and Procedures page: right arrow web icon green 72dpi