Periodontal (Gum) Therapy
Prior to every dental cleaning, the gums will be checked and measured for any signs of gum disease. If any gum disease is found, it will be discussed with you and the options to restoring your gum health will be given. This is extremely important because gum disease almost never hurts. It is very rare that a person has gum disease is even aware of it, until it's very last stages when it may be too late to save your teeth. The only sign people are aware of is that their "gums bleed a little when flossing." Bleeding gums, even when flossing, is not healthy, and should be a sign that something is likely wrong with your oral health.
Typically the initial stages of gum therapy include scaling and root planing and or more frequent cleanings. The procedure involves numbing the gums so you are comfortable, then removing the plaque and tarter that is far below your gums. It is sometimes called a "deep cleaning." Once the plaque and tarter is removed your gums will heal and with improved home care and oral hygiene, you will keep your teeth for the rest of your life.
Please view the videos below to learn more about gum/periodontal disease and how it is treated.