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Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment

Dental Care That Protects
More Than Just Your Teeth

Our patients often know that gum disease can cause tooth loss. Periodontal (gum) disease causes more tooth extractions and tooth loss than any other single cause. But patients may be surprised to learn of the potential link between periodontal disease and systemic conditions such as heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. Professional oral hygiene and gum therapy will help you to prevent periodontal disease and its many consequences.

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Why Choose Dentistry @ 1881 for Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment?

Scaling & Root Planing

Patient receiving scaling and root planing treatment

Periodontal disease is primarily caused by a buildup of bacterial plaque along the gum line and on the roots of the teeth. Scaling and root planing serves to remove this buildup while also lowering a patient’s chances for reinfection in the future. It’s similar to a traditional dental cleaning, except it is solely focused on the gums. After thoroughly eliminating the plaque, the roots of the teeth are smoothed out to prevent bacteria from accumulating along the gums in the future.

Periodontal Maintenance

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While periodontal disease can be managed, the truth is that it cannot be fully cured. Because of this, ongoing care is necessary to protect a patient’s long-term oral health and ensure the bacteria doesn’t have the chance to build back up and cause problems. After an initial periodontal cleaning, a patient will be asked to attend regular dental cleanings every three to four months as opposed to the normal six. This will ensure that any issue with the gums is caught and treated as early as possible.

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