Gum disease a harmful and progressive condition that affects the gums, teeth, and bone. The leading cause of tooth loss in adults, gum disease is caused by a buildup of bacterial plaque that creates a toxic environment for the soft and hard tissues. Failure to remove this buildup leads to irritation and infection of the gums and can eventually damage the teeth and jaw bone. Gum disease treatment targets the source of infection and rids the area of bacteria and other buildup to restore the health of your gums and preserve your natural smile. Dr. Brian Gilbert is a recipient of the American Academy of Periodontology Award for Outstanding Achievement in Periodontics, and his nearly three decades of experience and training enables him to accurately diagnose and treat gum disease. With accurate treatment and ongoing maintenance, you can enjoy a lifetime of good oral health!
Scaling and root planing is the first step we take in treating gum disease and is a non-surgical “deep cleaning” of the teeth above and below the gum line. The purpose of this treatment is to remove the plaque and tartar buildup that cannot be reached with brushing and flossing. Root planing smooths the rough edges on the roots to help the gums naturally reattach, lessening the depths of the pockets.
If non-surgical treatments for gum disease are ineffective, a gingivectomy is necessary to remove infected gum tissue that has loosened and pulled away from the teeth. This creates deep pockets between the teeth that can harbor bacteria, plaque and tartar buildup. Removal of this tissue reduces pocket depth and reduces the risk of gum disease progressing further and causing bone and tooth loss.
Periodontal maintenance is an ongoing part of periodontal treatment that keeps gum disease under control after initial treatment is complete. This maintenance involves an oral examination of pocket depth and a deep cleaning to remove any accumulation of new infection or plaque and tartar buildup. Periodontal maintenance is recommended every 3-4 months to ensure gum disease does not progress further.