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Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. Your periodontist and dental hygienist will evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment.

Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacteria, plaque, and tartar, causing irritation to the surrounding tissues.  When these irritants remain in the pocket space, they can cause damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth.

If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planing... other periodontal procedures may be necessary to reduce pocket depths, making your teeth easier to clean and maintain.