Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that destroys bone and gum tissues that support the teeth.
Periodontal disease affects many Americans and is the major cause of adult tooth loss.
A tooth's root is anchored to the bone within its socket by fibers called periodontal ligaments.
The gums do not attach to the teeth as firmly as one might think. A shallow, V-shaped gap called a sulcus exists between the teeth and the gums. Periodontal disease affects this gap and more.
Eventually, in periodontal disease, the tissues supporting the tooth break down.
If only the superficial gums are involved in this breakdown, the disease is referred to as gingivitis. If it is more advanced and involves the connecting tissues and bone, then it is called periodontitis.
In some advanced cases, we would recommend scaling and root planning (SRP). This could consist of four quadrants of scaling. Once the treatment has been completed the patient will be placed on a 3 month periodontal maintenance recall. The patients periodontal health is approached in a team effort by working closely with a hygienist and maintaining optimal