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WHAT IS PERIODONTAL THERAPY?

Periodontal disease causes inflammation of the gums ranging from mild gingivitis to more severe periodontitis. A range of treatments are available, including gum surgery, scaling root planing (cleaning infected root surfaces), root surface debridement (removal of damaged tissue), and regenerative procedures (reversal of lost bone and tissue). The goal of periodontal therapy is for the patient to have strong and healthy gums.

Why get periodontal therapy?

If left untreated, inflammation can cause the gums and supporting bone structure to deteriorate, which can lead to gum recession and tooth loss. In addition, gum disease may be indicative of other medical conditions and diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Who gets  periodontal therapy?

People with red, swollen gums, bleeding gums after brushing, shrinking gums and/or loose teeth are showing symptoms of gums disease. These people should seek treatment as soon as possible.

The benefits of periodontal therapy?

Untreated periodontal disease can become periodontitis where bacterial pockets form between gums and teeth, resulting in infections and swelling.  Without proper periodontal treatment, a person is at risk for tooth loss, systemic inflammation and the risk of developing chronic medical conditions and disease.

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