Periodontitis, like any other chronic disease (i.e. heart disease), will progress if untreated or inadequately treated. Moreover, it will recur if given the chance. Thus, it is very important to complete all the steps of the recommended treatment, from beginning to end.
The goals of the treatment are to control the cause (bacterial plaque) and the risk factors, repair the damage present (pockets) and restore and maintain a healthy environment.
In order to attain these objectives, there are five main steps: