Periodontal disease is a diseases of the gum and bone tissue that supports your teeth. It is still the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.This disease is completely preventable with proper oral care and regular professional cleanings and check ups. Regular professional cleanings and checkups are important because periodontal diseases increase in severity without treatment. There are two major stages of these diseases: gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis is mild and reversible, as it only affects the gums. If our office diagnoses you have gingivitis, we can create a treatment plan to reverse the effects and restore your mouth to health.
However if gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, calculus on the roots of teeth causes inflammation in the bone supporting your teeth. The long term inflammation eventually causes bone loss around the teeth. As the bone loss increases the teeth become loose. The unfortunate result of this disease process is the loss of teeth.
Our hygienists can intervene if we have not past the threshold were too much bone has been lost and our treatment options have diminished as well.
Treatment would consist of cleaning and detoxifying the roots of your teeth by performing a special cleaning called scaling and root planing. Some patients call this a "deep" cleaning. It is very meticulous and time intensive. During this process you will likely require local anesthesia to be comfortable. Afterwards you will heal and your mouth will establish a new healthy architecture that we will help you maintain.