Periodontal disease, often called gum disease, affects the structures that hold teeth in place. Untreated periodontal disease is one of the top causes of tooth loss. Bleeding gums, recession of gum tissue, bad breath and increased tooth mobility are some of the symptoms of periodontal disease. While periodontal disease is incurable it can be controlled.
Scaling and root planing removes plaque and calculus below the gum line and smooths the surface of the root to minimize future buildup. This procedure is done under local anesthetic in the office. Radiographs are taken before and after to ensure all buildup is removed.
Periodontal maintenance is necessary to keep periodontal disease under control after you have been treated with scaling and root planing or by more advanced procedures performed by a periodontist.
Dr. Duling and her hygienist offer scaling and root planing and periodontal maintenance. If you have advanced periodontal disease Dr. Duling may refer you to a specialist for treatment, and then have you return for maintenance visits. Every patient is different, and we customize our treatment planning based on you. If you suspect you have periodontal disease please call to schedule an appointment today.