Periodontal Treatment 

Your teeth can only be as healthy and strong as the tissues that surround and support them: your gums! To keep your gums healthy, proper periodontal treatment such as brushing and flossing every day is necessary. When neglecting to perform at-home oral hygiene and visiting your dentist for regular cleanings and exams, your gums can become infected with periodontal or gum disease. 

Periodontal Disease 

Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums that, if not treated, can cause serious dental and bodily health problems. Gum disease is caused by an accumulation of plaque on the tooth at the gumline. When left uncleaned for extended periods of time, plaque will harden into tartar. 

In the very beginning stages of this disease, called gingivitis, the plaque irritates the gums and will cause them to be sore and tender. In this stage, deep cleaning, brushing, and flossing will eliminate the disease and prevent it from spreading. 

Later stages of periodontal disease can become very serious and require extensive treatment to heal. Gum disease can start deteriorating gum tissue and even the jaw bone if left untreated for too long. Teeth may also be loosened and lost. 

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The treatments for periodontal disease are centered around removing plaque and infected gum tissue to promote healing. Standard treatments for this disease include: 

Scaling & Root Planing: The dentist or hygienist uses a sharp dental instrument, the scaler, to safely remove hardened tartar from the tooth. Both above and below the gumline will be cleaned. Once completed, we will then smooth any rough spots found on the root of the tooth. Removing rough areas will prevent bacteria, plaque, and tartar from accumulating. 

Flap Surgery: If there are significantly large pockets of space between the tooth and gum tissue, flap surgery could be recommended. In this treatment, the tooth and root are cleaned extensively, then using sutures, the gums will be tightened around the tooth. 

Gum Grafting: Tartar can cause the gums to deteriorate away from the tooth, leaving a majority of the tooth root exposed. To promote healing and cover the roots of teeth, a gum graft may be performed. This procedure includes removing healthy gum tissue from another part of your mouth, and attaching it to the tissues surrounding the exposed tooth to restore the gumline. 


At Stoker Family Dental in Idaho Falls, Idaho, we take periodontal disease very seriously, and understand the permanent damage it can cause to your overall health and smile. If you have been experiencing tenderness or sensitivity in your gums, please mention it to us at your next appointment or speak with one of our dental professionals today. The earlier we can diagnose and treat periodontal disease, the better the outcome will be for your smile.