Treatment of Periodontitis

Periodontitis is the inflammation of the supporting structures of the teeth. Untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis. Build-up of biofilm (plaque) and calculus (tarter) can cause irritation of the gingiva that over time can lead to irritation of the periodontium (bone and ligament). As periodontitis progresses the bone and gums can recede (pull back) from the teeth. This recession causes the teeth to loosen and become infected. Studies have proven there is a link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes. Periodontitis can contribute to low birth weight and pre-term babies in pregnant mothers suffering from the disease. We evaluate all patients for periodontal disease. Our treatment involves a deep cleaning or scaling and root planing of the involved teeth.