Periodontal Therapy


Periodontics is a branch of dentistry devoted to the prevention and treatment of gum disease by maintaining the health of the soft tissues and bone that support the teeth.

Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease. It begins when the gums become irritated and inflamed from tartar build-up. This inflammation can lead to infection as the gums begin to recede from the surface of the tooth.  The deep pockets left between the teeth allow more bacteria to form and cause further damage.

Periodontal disease occurs when infection sets in and the teeth begin to loosen. If left untreated, teeth will decay and eventually fall out.

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Bleeding while brushing
  • Tender, swollen gums
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Loose teeth
  • Pain or tenderness while chewing
  • Receding gums or exposed roots

Brushing alone will not remove hardened tartar between teeth, below the gum line, and in other hard-to-reach places. Once gingivitis and periodontal disease have begun, it is very important to visit your dentist so that proper action can be taken to prevent more serious health issues. Dr. Pohlman will suggest a treatment program to correct the problem before permanent damage begins to occur.

Depending on the extent of the gum disease, Dr. Pohlman may suggest a regimen of scaling or root planing to take place over a period of time. These procedures involve scraping the tartar off of the teeth above and below the gum line. For more severe cases of tartar build-up, laser treatments may be required.

In order to keep your teeth healthy and tartar-free, it is important to maintain regular daily care of your teeth at home. Good brushing and flossing habits result in creating and preserving Big Happy Smiles for your lifetime.