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Treatments for Gum Disease

Periodontal disease is an infection that causes damage to the bone and tissues that support your teeth. When periodontal disease begins the gum tissue will start to pull away from the tooth. This allows bacteria to grow and if left untreated the tissue and bone that support teeth will be destroyed. Eventually the teeth will either need to be removed or fall out on their own. If treated in the early staged tooth loss can be prevented. Several warning signs if you have Periodontal disease are:

  • Bad Breath that will not go away with brushing
  • gums that bleed when flossing and brushing
  • Gum tissue may appear red and swollen
  • tender gum tissue
  • teeth shifting and feeling loose
  • changes in the way the teeth come together

Full Mouth Debriment:

Initial treatment to remove the large amounts of calculus and build up so that correct periodontal measurements can be taken. This is either done prior to Scaling and Root Planning or in conjunction with a prophy.

Scaling and Root Planing: Perio Therapy Without Surgery

This is a periodontal cleaning which is meant to remove contamination and infection from below the gum line. Scaling refers to the removal of calculus, plaque, food debris, and infection that is below the gum line and accumulated in the infected pocket. Root Planing cleans and smooths the roots of the teeth. Once this is accomplished the gum tissue may begin the healing process. This is typically done over two visits of 1-2 hours each and anesthesia is used for your comfort. Scaling and Root Planing followed by periodontal maintenance can prevent surgery, further bone loss, and loss of teeth.

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