Periodontal or Gum Disease

Gum disease (periodontitis) is an infection that attacks the attachment between the tooth, and the gums and underlying bone. If left untreated, the bone around your teeth will continue to recede until the teeth become loose and eventually fall out. Surprisingly, many people who have periodontitis do not realize it because it is usually painless. Red, puffy, and bleeding gums are a sign that you may have periodontitis.

Just as it is important to build a solid foundation prior to constructing a building, it is important to ensure the health of the gums prior to any type of dental work. This is why Dr. Matheson and his staff evaluate your gums at the initial exam and every six month check-up. Severe periodontal disease may require scaling and root planning (deep cleaning), more frequent dental cleanings and possibly even surgical intervention.

See our current special offers on scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) and periodontal maintenance cleanings.