Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal treatment involves cleaning of your teeth and gums to help control the bacterial plaque that causes gum disease. If you have gum disease our dentists will work with a hygienist or periodontist to develop a treatment plan for you. 

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Preventing Gum Disease

Periodontitis usually starts with plaque hardening into gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease. Gingivitis can cause pockets to form between the gums and teeth.

Over time, these pockets fill with plaque and tartar. Left untreated, these infections can lead to a loss of tissue around the teeth and bone in the jaw. The good news is gum disease can usually be prevented with good oral hygiene habits like brushing twice a day and daily flossing. 

What You Need to Know

To check for periodontitis your dentist will examine your mouth and look for plaque and tartar buildup and bleeding gums.

They will also measure the pockets between your teeth and gums and take dental x-rays to check for bone loss. Treatments for gum disease range from regular cleans to scaling and root planing for periodontal disease. If the roots of your teeth are exposed, your dentist may recommend a soft tissue graft. 

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What to Expect From Your Appointment

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2 or more appointments starting with an evaluation 


Treatments for mild to advanced gum disease 


Removal of plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line 


Treatment for active gum infections


Long-term treatment plan 


Oral health education 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you prevent gum disease?

You can prevent gum disease by brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Flossing helps remove food from the mouth and prevents plaque from hardening into tartar which is hard to remove. Regular hygienist appointments will help remove tartar from between your teeth or any places that are hard to brush or floss. Smoking can also contribute to the development of gum disease.

Why would you need periodontal treatment?

Periodontal treatment is for the treatment of advanced gum disease. Early-stage gum disease can be treated with regular flossing and brushing and hygiene appointments to remove plaque buildup. Usually, with advanced gum disease plaque has built up below the gumline and can only be removed with professional tools. 

What is the difference between a dentist and periodontist?

A periodontist has three additional years of training in periodontics, including non-surgical and surgical treatments. They are specialists in detecting, treating and preventing periodontal diseases. If you think you have gum disease, we recommend booking a hygienist appointment for an initial consultation.