Periodontal or gum disease happens when bacteria gets below the gum line and the attachment between the gum and tooth is lost. Three out of four Americans have some form of periodontal disease and only three out of a hundred will ever get treated before it’s too late.
Gum disease is a silent, chronic, painless, and communicable bacterial infection that often goes undetected or ignored until severe gum and bone destruction is unbearable and no longer able to be ignored. Left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss and traditional treatment can hurt.
Treatment interrupts the bacterial destruction of the tissues and bone, giving the gum pocket a chance to heal. Systematic repeated visits, allow the gum pocket to be at a low level of disease and sometimes allow tissues to reattach to the pocket to normal or near-normal. Systematic repeated visits occur every three months. It is extremely important to maintain home care in between visits. While surgery may still be indicated for severely advanced periodontal cases, scaling and root planing is the first option for treatment of gum disease.