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Periodontal Disease

Periodontics is the area of dentistry dealing with the evaluation, diagnosis, prevention and treatment non-surgically or surgically of gum disorders. Researchers have found that periodontitis (the advanced form of gum disease that can cause tooth loss) is associated with other health problems such as heart disease, stroke and bacterial pneumonia.

Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy

A less aggressive alternative therapy for patients not exhibiting the signs and symptoms of severe periodontal disease is non-surgical periodontal treatment. If you have a mild or moderate infection under your gum tissues, we may advise a more definitive course of treatment known as scaling and root planing. A routine hygiene visit or cleaning appointment will not treat this problem. The recommended treatment will help to prevent loss of bone and gum tissues and the supporting structures of the teeth. A periodontal evaluation including charting will define the places where this infection exists.

Periodontal Surgery

If you're diagnosed with periodontal (gum) disease the good news is it often can be treated successfully. The first step is to complete non-surgical periodontal therapy. When periodontal pockets do not heal after scaling and root planing, our doctors may recommend periodontal surgery. Periodontal surgery is a procedure to reduce periodontal pockets by repositioning the gum and supporting tissues.

We urge you to call or visit us at Family Dental Practice today to schedule your appointment for a periodontal screening.

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