Periodontal Disease

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Quick Facts

  • Periodontal disease is an inflammation of the gums due to plaque and tartar build-up.
  • This inflammation can cause permanent damage and tooth loss if left untreated.
  • Gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease, responds well to home-treatment—this is a window of opportunity in which periodontal disease can be reversed.
  • Later stages are typically permanent and will need to be managed with regular checkups and cleanings.
  • Gingivitis Treatment

    If you are in the early stage of periodontal disease, a checkup and cleaning at our Rigby dental office can lay the foundation for reversing the problem.

    After your treatment, consistent dental hygiene and home-treatment plans can ensure that the problem stays resolved.

    Scaling & Root Planing—A Non-Surgical Treatment Plan

    If you are in more advanced stages of periodontal disease, scaling and root planing may be necessary.
    In a nutshell, this involves deep cleaning below the gumline to remove tartar and bacteria.

  • Scaling involves removing all plaque and tartar both above and below the gumline.
  • Root planing finishes the process by smoothing out the tooth roots so that the gums can reattach to the teeth correctly (leaving no pockets where more plaque and tartar can build up).

  • After this, you’ll be sent home with a maintenance plan. A follow-up appointment may also be necessary to see how your gums have healed.

    Host modulation is another non-surgical treatment we offer at our Rigby dental clinic. This works by altering the bacterial host properties and diminishing hospitality to dangerous toxins.