Perio Probe Photo Periodontics is all about gum and bone health. Teeth need healthy support to hold them in the mouth. There are risk factors that can affect these tissues. Since inflammation or swelling is a destructive property, steps should be taken to quickly begin to reverse these effects.

Bone Loss Photo Severe periodontitis and bone loss

Gum disease, or gingivitis, is usually the result of plaque and tartar on the surface of the teeth that constantly irritate the gum tissue and cause swelling and bleeding. Proper brushing and at-home care, with the help of your dentist, can easily stop damage from occurring.

Bone loss, or periodontitis, begins when the inflammation is not controlled, as it slowly destroys the bone around the teeth. If enough bone is lost, teeth can eventually become loose and ultimately have to be extracted to prevent the spread of infection to the rest of the body.

The simplest periodontal treatment is a process called scaling and root planing (SRP). Specific tools are used to safely remove deposits of plaque and tartar that have formed below the gums. More advanced procedures can involve bone or tissue grafts to restore lost support, re-shaping of the gums for better aesthetics and care, and even laser surgery to improve tissue health.

Healthy Bones Photo
Normal Healthy Teeth and Bone levels

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