What is periodontal disease?


Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums and bone surrounding the teeth that is most destructive in individuals that have a genetic susceptibility to the disease process. It is responsible for more tooth loss in adults than any other type of dental disease. Data acquired by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 50% of American adults suffer from periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is chronic in nature and usually does not hurt until the disease has become advanced and tooth loss is inevitable. Early diagnosis and treatment can help you maintain your teeth for a lifetime.

Signs of periodontal disease include:

  • Deep pockets around teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Inflamed gums
  • Spaces that develop between teeth
  • Loose or sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums or longer-appearing teeth

Non-Surgical Treatment

Scaling and root planning is a non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease that is sometimes referred to as a “deep cleaning.” It is often the first line of treatment for people who suffer from periodontal disease, and for many people, is an adequate treatment for establishing periodontal health.

Surgical Treatment

Surgery may be necessary if inflammation and deep pockets remain following scaling and root planning treatment. Traditional periodontal surgery involves reflecting the gum tissue away from the teeth in order to gain access to the root of the teeth so they can be adequately cleaned.

During periodontal surgery it is often appropriate to treat the bone defects that have formed during the disease process. This may involve the placement of a bone graft to regenerate the bone that supports the teeth.


What is LANAP?

A laser-based periodontal surgery called LANAP is a minimally invasive procedure that is an appropriate treatment for moderate to severe cases of periodontal disease.

LANAP treatment is capable of creating an environment that favors regeneration of the tooth supporting periodontal tissues. That is, in a manner of speaking, it prepares the supporting tissues around teeth affected by periodontal disease to regenerate themselves through the natural healing capability of the body.

In every case of surgical and non-surgical treatment, results depend on many factors, including how far the disease has progressed and how well the patient keeps up with oral care at home.

Micro-TechnologyWhat is Endoscopy?

The Periodontal endoscope allows Dr. Boynton to see into the depths of the gingival sulcus to determine the actual results of scaling and root planing, as well as visualize to perform a range of sub-gingival diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

Real-time visualization using the 24x to 48x magnification of the micro-endoscope allows clinicians to see even the smallest deposits of residual tartar, along with furcations and root anatomy, soft tissue inflammation, root fractures, sub-gingival decay, open crown margins and more.

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