Periodontal Therapy: (Gum Treatment)

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Periodontal disease is an infection of the gingiva.

This infection causes bone loss around teeth causing them to be loose and eventually, if untreated, lost. Diagnosis is performed by measuring pocket depth which is recorded. Therapy to combat this disease involves removal of the irritant (i.e. bacteria/biofilm) that causes the infection. Removal of the bacteria is performed using ultrasonic instrumentation and hand scalers by the hygienist. Recall after this procedure is of the utmost importance. Recall generally occurs every 3 months to fight reoccurrence of buildup. At these appointments the hygienist checks “pockets” and gives instruction to patients as well.

Information provided by the ADA, American Dental Association, www.ada.org