Periodontal (Gum) Disease and Treatment
What is Periodontitis?
Periodontitis, also called gum disease or periodontal disease, is a serious gum infection that damages and destroys the soft tissue and bone supporting your teeth. Untreated, periodontitis can cause teeth to become loose and eventually lead to tooth loss. For more information about periodontal disease, click on the link below.
How can I prevent Periodontitis?
Periodontitis is common but is usually preventable. Most often, periodontitis is the result of poor oral hygiene. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and getting regular dental cleanings and exams can greatly decrease your chance of developing periodontal disease.
How is Periodontitis treated?
Periodontal disease is treated by removing the causative agents; bacteria, plaque, and tartar. This process is called scaling and root planing, or gum infection therapy. During a series of visits with our hygienist, your teeth and root surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned to allow healing to occur. Anesthetic is applied to ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. Following this initial gum infection treatment, regular visits are essential in order to prevent recurrence of active periodontal disease. Most patients who have been treated for periodontal disease benefit from being seen every 3 months.