Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an inflammatory condition that alters the supporting structures around the tooth, including the bone. The earliest stages of gum disease involve gum inflammation (gingivitis) due to plaque buildup along the gum lines or because of inadequate oral hygiene. Our Periodontal Therapy program is designed to eliminate bacterial infection and help our patients keep their teeth healthy for years to come.
Depending on the levels of bone loss and/or gum detachment, we may prescribe a periodontal scaling and root planing (“deep cleaning.”) This deep cleaning removes the loose plaque and calcified tartar deposits from the teeth and below the gum tissues. This provides the gum tissue with an opportunity to heal, and any infection to be eliminated. Occasionally we may recommend a prescription mouth rinse or medication to use at home as well.
Routine periodontal maintenance visits are important to prevent gum disease from returning or progressing further. In as few as 24 hours, new tartar deposits can form. Our team will discuss plaque control methods to help limit this buildup between routine cleanings in our office. Patients with active gum disease may need to be seen every 3 months until their oral health is properly managed and disease free.
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