Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal disease or "gum disease" is too common in Southeastern Kentucky. Although there is no cure for periodontal disease, it is possible to control the disease and keep it from progressing. It is necessary to have good home care and keep regular visits.

There have been major advances in non-surgical periodontal treatment for chronic periodontal disease. Our state-of-the-art ultrasonic scalers have been designed by a periodontist for maximum effectiveness on root surfaces.

We take every opportunity to help you control your periodontal disease problem non-surgically and then reevaluate to determine the effectiveness of the treatment. Don't wait until it hurts to seek treatment.

Common Question: Why can't I just get a regular cleaning? Answer: If you have build up under your gums that is causing pockets to open, food & debris are gathering in the pockets creating calculus to build up. As it gets deeper, it pushes the gum tissue away from the teeth and starts causing the bone to shrink. If you have a "regular" cleaning and the debris is not removed from the root structure, the gum tissue may heal to the tooth and trap all debris & bacteria under the gums. On the surface, your teeth and gums can appear healthy while the bone is shrinking from the root of the tooth. Eventually, your tooth will become loose & have to be extracted. It most cases, it is more harmful to do a regular cleaning than to do no treatment.

Your gums and bone are the foundation for your mouth. You must keep them healthy.