Gum disease affects countless adults in the US each year, and while the statistics are startling, it’s even more upsetting to think that most cases could have been easily prevented. That’s why our team includes periodontal charting as part of every six month checkup in our office. One of the earliest indicators of gum disease is a change in the depth of the pockets between the gums and the tooth. Your periodontal chart will list measurements for the depth of each periodontal pocket. If these pockets grow even a millimeter between visits, we can start looking into early intervention methods to prevent gum disease before it even begins. In most cases, improved at home hygiene paired with more frequent professional cleanings can halt the destructive advance of periodontal disease.
If we’re unable to prevent the spread of gum disease, we have a skilled periodontist on staff who can offer a wide array of more advanced treatments. We begin with the less invasive procedures like scaling and root planing. Scaling is the careful remove of plaque, tartar, and damaged tissue at and below the gum line. Root planing is the smoothing of tooth root to prevent future buildup. We’ll also likely recommend oral or topical antibiotic therapy to reduce the number of plaque producing bacteria in the mouth. We also offer laser assisted periodontal therapies to more thoroughly decontaminate the periodontal pockets and accelerate healing and renewed oral health. For the most advanced cases, we have an in-office periodontist who specializes in caring for the healthy of those tissues that surround the teeth. We can offer the most advanced surgical therapies to repair or replace damaged or lost supportive gum and bone tissue caused by periodontal disease.