Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common oral health issues among US adults. Some studies indicate that as much as 80% of adults over 30 suffer from gingivitis, mild gum disease, or periodontitis, more advanced gum disease. We screen for this common oral health concern at every dental checkup and work with patients to prevent periodontal disease. If we’re unable to prevent this oral health condition, we can also partner with patients to fully renew oral health. Call our team to find out more about gum disease and potential periodontal therapy options.
If we catch periodontal disease in the early stages, we may be able to reverse its effects with more frequent professional cleanings. If gum disease progresses to the more severe stages, we may need to couple these three or four annual cleanings with advanced periodontal therapies. Most commonly, we perform scaling and root planing procedures. Scaling is the systematic removal of plaque and tartar buildup from the surfaces of teeth. Root planing is the smoothing of tooth roots. This procedure reduces your risk for plaque and tartar buildup in the future.
If these procedures combined with more frequent cleanings from our hygienist are ineffective in renewing your oral health. Dr. Allen may need to partner with local specialists to offer more advanced treatments. However, this is only necessary in rare cases.