Health Information

Treatments for Periodontal Disease

  • Home
  • Health Information

The treatment and management of periodontal disease involves lifestyle changes, medications, other treatments, alternative and complementary therapies, and possibly surgery.

The goals of treatment of periodontal disease include:

  • Controlling the underlying infection
  • Halting destruction of the gums, tissues, and bones that support your teeth
  • Avoiding potential tooth loss

Your dentist may need to refer you to a specialist in the treatment of gum disease, called a periodontist.

Treatment involves the following:

Lifestyle changesMedicationsSurgeryOther treatments

Revision Information

  • Gum disease. American Dental Association Mouth Healthy website. Available at: Accessed July 27, 2011.

  • Periodontal treatments and procedures. American Academy of Periodontology website. Available at: Updated May 2011. Accessed July 27, 2011.

  • Periodontal (gum) disease: Causes, symptoms, and treatments. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research website. Available at: Updated March 2011. Accessed July 27, 2011.