Regardless of the specific nature of your gum problem, treatment occurs in the following sequence
Diagnosis/Treatment Plan: the condition as well as the underlying cause must be understood and a plan made to correct the problem.
Clean Out the Infection: elimination of infection is frequently the first step in treating gum problems. This is often accomplished without gum surgery.
Fix the Problem: if problems remain after the infection has been eliminated, additional steps may be taken to restore health to your gums and teeth. These are typically minor (in-office) periodontal surgical procedures.
Maintain Periodontal Health: Once your mouth is healthy again, frequent periodontal check-ups and cleanings (alternating with your dental check-ups) is an important part of your ongoing dental care.