Your dentist also may recommend medicines to help control infection and pain, or to aid healing. These medicines could include a pill, a mouthrinse, or a substance that the dentist places directly in the periodontal pocket after scaling and root planing. Your dentist may also stress the need to stop using tobacco and to control any related systemic disease, like diabetes.
At your follow up visits, the dentist or hygienist measures the pocket depths again to check the effect of the scaling and root planing. If the disease continues to advance to the point where the periodontal pockets deepen and the supporting bone is lost, more treatment may be necessary. You may be referred to a periodontist.