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Periodontal Therapy


Many people need more advanced dental care and we can offer it. Our services include periodontal surgery, bone grafting, crown lengthening, socket preservation, periodontal maintenance, and periodontal debridement.


Treatment of Periodontal Disease

Treatment of the periodontal disease begins with the removal of tartar (gingival calculus) and biofilm deposits (plaque). A common first step is scaling and root planning, which removes tartar by scraping it away from the tooth surfaces. The problem with dental calculus (tartar) is that it harbors harmful bacteria.

Gingivitis is the most common form of periodontal disease (non-destructive). It appears when there is an inflammation of the gum tissue. When plaque builds up on the surface, it’s called plaque-induced gingivitis. If left untreated, it can escalate to the destructive form, Periodontitis, which affects the tissues that support and surround the teeth, including the bone. With poor oral care, bacteria can infiltrate the gum line and affect the underlying bone. If left untouched, it can lead to damage of the teeth-supporting tissues, loosened teeth, and eventually lost teeth.

Signs of Gingivitis Include:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  • Bad breath

Signs of Periodontitis Include:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  • Gums that pull away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or a constant metallic taste in your mouth
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • An alteration in the way your teeth fit together

Six Steps that will Help you Enjoy Healthier Teeth and Gums

  • Make sure you brush your teeth for at least two minutes, and at least twice daily
  • Floss daily between all your teeth to remove plaque
  • Make healthy food choices. Not only is it good for your oral health, it is good for your whole body
  • Regularly schedule and attend your dental appointments with your dental team
  • Quit smoking. Studies have linked cigarettes with destroyed bones that support the teeth. Smoking also weakens the immune system, increasing your chances of periodontal disease

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