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Periodontal treatment

About 50% of all the patients I see have some gum disease. Many who come into my office aren’t actually aware they have periodontal disease. Many only recognize that they have a problem when their gums bleed, their teeth are loose, or they’re in pain.

gums disease
Illustration of healthy vs. diseased gums
  • What I check: In a healthy mouth, there should be 1mm or 2mm of gum tissue attached to the tooth. Also in a healthy mouth, the next 3 mm are called “free gingiva, which is gum tissue that is not attached to the tooth. Any more than 3 mm of free gingiva is called a pocket, and indicates gingivitis. A pocket deeper than 5 mm indicates periodontitis.
  • Treatment: The most common procedure to cure gingivitis is to scale deeply within the pocket around the tooth to remove excess tartar and plaque. In addition, I may prescribe antibiotics. Either way, I teach patients the proper way to floss and brush their teeth, to prevent recurrence.

    In more advanced cases, I perform surgery that involves cutting the gum to expose the complete tooth surface and supporting bone. Then I remove the tartar and plaque as well as the diseased tissue. If significant bone loss has occurred, I place a synthetic bone implant, so new bone can grow into it.

As a rule, to prevent infection, any patient who has had periodontal problems should be checked every 3 months until the condition is eliminated. Like everything else, the maintenance of healthy gums depends on the patient’s tooth care, flossing, and the foods s/he eats.

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