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Why Do I Need Periodontal Care?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is caused by the bacteria found in plaque. A sticky substance that forms on teeth, plaque, hardens over time and turns into calculus. Plaque and calculus provide irregular surfaces that allow bacteria to attach easily. If left untreated, the bacteria eat away at gum tissue and bone, resulting in missing teeth.

Dr. Tanner provides specialized periodontal treatment to remove plaque and calculus called scaling and root planing. This procedure is the most common and conservative form of treatment for periodontal disease before it becomes severe. This technique allows Dr. Tanner to clean between teeth and gums, all the way down to the roots.

Scaling removes the plaque and calculus that has hardened on the surfaces of the teeth, especially on the gum line. Because plaque is more likely to stick on rough surfaces, root planing smooth out the surfaces of the roots. 




Osseous Surgery Helps Patients Stop The Progression Of Periodontal Disease




About Scaling and Root Planing

Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria settle into the gum line, slowly destroying it and ultimately leading to tooth loss if left untreated. Warning signs of periodontal disease include red or swollen gum tissue that bleeds during tooth brushing.

More serious symptoms include pockets that form between the teeth and gums, allowing bacteria and plaque to settle and harden into place. Osseous surgery, which is also known as pocket reduction therapy, may be required to close these pockets and keep plaque and bacteria from gathering in those spaces. 

Dr. Tanner will reduce the progression of periodontal disease by removing disease-causing bacteria and then securing the tissue into place. He may smooth any irregular surfaces on your damaged bone. This limits areas where bacteria hide and allows your gum tissue to reattach to healthy bone. It also reduces the depth of your periodontal pockets. 


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