Gum Disease Therapy

Periodontal or gum disease happens when bacteria gets below the gum line and the attachment between the gum and tooth is lost. Three out of four Americans have some form of periodontal disease and only 3 out of 100 will ever get treated before its too late.

Gum disease is a silent, chronic, painless and communicable bacterial infection that often goes undetected or ignored until severe gum and bone destruction is unbearable and no longer able to be ignored. Left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss. A high-speed video that shows the growth and accumulation of bacteria on a tooth surface over a 24-hour time period can be seen by clicking on this link:

Initial gum treatment consists of a procedure called root planing and scaling. This treatment interrupts the bacterial destruction of the tissues and bone, giving the gum pocket a chance to heal. Systematic repeated visits allow the gum pocket to be disease-free and sometimes allow tissues to reattach to the pocket to a normal or near-normal depth. While surgery may still be indicated for severely advanced periodontal cases, root planing and scaling is an effective and comfortable option for beginning to moderate periodontal cases.