Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Symptoms of gum disease include:
  • Bone loss
  • Tooth mobility
  • Bleeding
  • Swollen gum tissue
  • Bad breath
  • Gum recession
  • Visible tartar buildup
Periodontal therapy can help patients reverse their gum disease condition and manage their oral health so that more bone loss does not occur. Most therapies begin with a deep cleaning. This is also known as Scaling and Root Planing, which removes plaque and tartar from deep pockets under the gum lines. Otherwise, these bacteria will cause further infection and tissue detachment from the teeth. After initial therapy, most patients require periodontal maintenance therapies every 3-4 months until their symptoms are completely reversed. In addition to therapeutic services, we can also place a locally delivered antibiotic agent into areas of severe infection. This increases the success of treatment in areas with advanced stages of gum disease.