Periodontics

61Gum disease can be uncomfortable, frustrating, and even painful. We believe our patients deserve a dentist who is certified to properly treat their gum disease. Dr. Tanner and his team have the experience, skill, technology, and technical know-how to treat a wide range of periodontic issues.

Get it Checked Out

Over 80 percent of Americans suffer from some level of periodontal disease. In its earliest stages, gum disease is easier to treat. But if left untreated too long, gum disease can progress and cause worse problems. The only way to keep your gums pink and healthy is by seeing your dentist regularly.

What Does Gum Disease Lead To?

Unfortunately, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Missing teeth make it difficult to chew and speak, and to feel confident in your smile.

In some studies, the inflammatory reaction caused by periodontal disease has also been linked to diabetes, heart disease, and other health issues. It is important to treat gum disease before it becomes severe.

Tackling Gum Disease

12If you are suffering from some level of gum disease, Dr. Tanner can provide you with the treatment you need. A deep cleaning called scaling and root planing is the first step. Once we have removed the most stubborn bacteria, your mouth can begin to heal.

Dr. Tanner will help you with your periodontal disease until you have achieved great oral health again. To make sure the disease doesn’t return, he will have you back six weeks after your initial treatment to monitor your progress.

If scaling and root planing is not sufficient for your unique needs, you can discuss your other options with Dr. Tanner. Soft tissue grafting, bone grafting, and dental implants are some of the ways you can restore your best smile.

Dr. Tanner can also teach you more about how to prevent gum disease at home. He will answer all of your questions about brushing, flossing, and rinsing. At-home care is crucial to maintaining your oral health.

To preserve your full and complete smile as long as possible, it is important to keep your gum disease under control by seeing a periodontist frequently. Call us today to set up an appointment!