If you have been recently diagnosed with gum disease, you might be wondering, “What is the big deal?” Periodontal disease is a progressive infection caused by bacteria in your mouth. If left untreated, the infection destroys the supporting bone and soft tissue around your teeth, leading to devastating bone and tooth loss. The infection can also spread through the open wounds in your gums and travel through the bloodstream to infect other areas of your body.

Unfortunately, gum disease is not only the leading cause of tooth loss, but has also been linked to other serious health complications. Such conditions include:

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Dementia and Memory Loss
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Premature and Low Birth Weight Babies

Stop the Progression of Periodontal Disease in Gainesville, FL

  • Scaling and Root Planing – A non-surgical procedure designed to remove plaque and tartar deposits located below the gum line, scaling and root planing therapy is most effective when gum disease is caught early. You will be sufficiently numbed for the procedure so we can work thoroughly without causing you any discomfort. Plaque and tartar deposits are gently removed and the tooth roots are smoothed to promote reattachment of healthy tissue.
  • Gingivectomy – The removal of excess gum tissue reduces the depths of pockets that form around your teeth in the presence of periodontal disease, leaving behind healthy tissue and an improved tooth-to-gum ratio.
  • Osseous Surgery – When other treatment does not improve your condition, osseous surgery may be recommended. An incision in your gums exposes your tooth roots to allow for complete removal of tartar deposits. We also smooth your root surfaces and eliminate discrepancies created by bacteria within the underlying bone. This procedure reduces periodontal pocket depths and stops the progression of gum disease to save your teeth.

Dr. Ada Parra and Dr. Justin Craighead are proud to serve as the only specialist team offering the expertise of both a prosthodontist and periodontist in Gainesville, FL.

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Dr. Ada Parra and Dr. Justin Craighead are proud to serve as the only specialist team offering the expertise of both a prosthodontist and periodontist in Gainesville, FL.

To stop the progression of gum disease and save your teeth, call our office to reserve your appointment today!