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Periodontal (Gum) Therapy

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Periodontal diseases (also known as gum diseases) are infections of the gum and bone that hold the teeth in place. If left untreated, periodontal disease are progressive and may lead to tooth loss. It is often painless. Periodontal disease is caused by plaque, an almost invisible film of bacteria clinging to the teeth and gums, creating chronic inflammation and infection which destroys the supporting bone and gum tissue attachment. The unremoved plaque can harden to form tartar (or calculus). The only way to limit the disease-causing effects of tartar is to have your teeth cleaned regularly by the hygienist.

The best treatment is prevention. If gum disease is diagnosed, the treatment depends on how far the condition has progressed and how well your body responds to therapy over time. Scaling and root planing is provided here in our office which may be combined with laser treatment. The advanced cases may require periodontal surgery. Although some minor periodontal surgery is offered in our office, most extensive situations are referred for treatment to a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in the treatment of periodontal disease.