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Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal treatment literally means treatment of the structures surrounding the teeth.
Your gums have bone and soft tissue supporting the tooth. This special design of periodontal architecture can survive the test of time as long as there are not bacteria destroying the attachment.

Whether you know it or not we all have bacteria in our mouths. Most of the bacteria is not harmful to us, however some are. These harmful bacteria can destroy the soft tissue and bone causing your body to literally reject your tooth.

There are two types of periodontal disease:
hygenistGingivitis - is usually characterized by tender, red, swollen gums that bleed easily and can cause bad breath. Early treatment is effective but delaying treatment can cause gingivitis to worsen.
Periodontitis - shares the same symptoms as gingivitis but damages the bone and connective tissue leading to possible loss of teeth.

These infections are usually painless, until it is too late. At our office we continually monitor your periodontal health, and try to address any infections before they cause you to lose your teeth.
Signs of Gum Disease - Bad Breathe, Mouth Pain, Bleeding Gums, Loose Teeth, Developing Spaces Between Teeth, Red, Swollen or Tender Gums, Mouth Sores, and Receding Gums.

There are several methods to treat this infection depending on the severity of your problem. We always start as conservatively as possible, but will be as aggressive as needed to treat this infection. A large portion of the early stages of periodontal disease can be treated by a series of thorough cleanings. Another more involved treatment is to debride the roots of your teeth using instruments that must go under your gums while numb from anesthetic. This procedure is known as root planning and scaling, or sometimes known as a “deep cleaning.” This "deep cleaning" is a non-surgical approach to help heal your gums, however in some cases true surgery may be needed to help save your tooth.

We will evaluate you for any signs of gum infection, and if so we will explain all treatment needs and risks. Having you understand what is happening is almost as important as treating it.