Periodontal Procedures

Care of Tooth Support

A healthy smile comes from healthy teeth and gums. Periodontal Therapy is the branch of dentistry that encompasses the care and treatment of the supporting structures of the teeth. This includes the gingival (gum) tissues and the bone surrounding the teeth.  A collaborative approach to providing periodontal care is utilized involving the patient, the dental hygienist, the dentist and a Periodontist (gum specialist), if indicated.

Periodontal disease is an infection that affects the tissues and bone that support your teeth.  In healthy circumstances, each of your teeth are in a close relationship with the surrounding gum tissue.  With disease, the gum tissue pulls away from the tooth.  Untreated, both supportive gum tissue and bone are destroyed.  Of course, this leads to loss of teeth and many other health concerns that affect your entire body.  Holistically, this is why early stage detection is so important.  There is a proven link between periodontal disease and heart disease and stroke.  

Types of Periodontal Disease:

  • Gingivitis: Red and swollen gum tissue. Mildest form and reversible
  • Chronic Periodontitis:  Most common form.  Loss of tissue/ bone.
  • Aggressive Periodontitis:  Highly destructive. Rapid loss of tissue/bone
  • Periodontitis as a Manifestation of Systemic Disease:  Occurs due to other disorders such as blood diseases or genetic disorder.
  • Necrotizing Periodontal Disease:  Death of tissue/bone, accompanied by pain, bleeding and foul odor.

Dr. Toler and her referred team of specialists will assist in treating any periodontal needs that arise.  At your next appointment, discuss your concerns and ask about risk factors.

Professionals who believe in dental care through healthy living and a personalized experience that treats patients like family.

Our commitment to excellence shows in our passion. We provide the best care for our patients. Our team members have been hand-picked to assure the patient receives not only the best treatment but also the best service. Our team has been together for an average of nearly 13 years, which is rare in today’s market.

This periodontal procedure is performed by the hygienist to remove dental plaque and calculus (tartar) below the gumline.  This calculus houses bacteria that release toxins which cause inflammation in the gum tissue and surrounding bone, resulting in stages of periodontal disease.