If we maintain good oral hygiene and have regular professional cleanings and oral examinations, chances are we can keep our natural teeth for life. That involves not only caring for the teeth, but also the gums and tooth-supporting bone. Gum disease, which is a bacterial infection, threatens these supporting tissues. That is why Dr. John M. Corella is always on the lookout for early signs that patients may not notice. When signs of trouble become apparent, periodontal therapy may be suggested.
Periodontal therapy can take various forms, but the goal is always to restore diseased tissues to health. Gum (periodontal) disease can spread from the gums to the bone that supports the teeth, and may even cause tooth loss. There are very effective therapies to combat this, ranging from deep cleanings that remove plaque and calculus tartar from beneath the gum line, to surgical repair of lost gum and bone tissue.
There are some areas of the mouth that a toothbrush and floss just can't reach, which is why it's so important to have regular professional cleanings at the dental office. Your regular dental exam is also a time when early signs of gum disease can be detected.