Periodontal disease, often called gum disease, affects the bone and supporting tissues around the tooth. Gum disease is caused by a combination of infection and inflammation that starts from accumulations of bacteria around the tooth. These destructive microscopic bacteria, if not properly removed from the tooth daily, will accumulate to form large hard bio-films often called tartar or calculus. These accumulations will eventually cause inflammation, bleeding gums, bone loss, tooth loss and contribute to a host of systemic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.
In the photos below you can see the white hard calculus accumulations around the neck of the tooth. Notice how clean and healthy the teeth and gums look immediately following the cleaning. Notice how the gums are not bleeding, inflammed or damaged because the procedure was properly performed.
Many patients avoid routine cleanings because they have had painful and aggressive procedures in the past. It is our goal to show every patient that a properly performed cleaning should not be painful or cause damage to the gums. Our team of highly trained and compassionate dental hygienists go to every measure to ensure our patient’s comfort. If you have been avoiding your cleaning because you’re afraid it may hurt or your’re embarrassed because it has been so long since your last cleaning, call and talk with one of our dedicated hygienist today. We can get you back on track to a healthy and beautiful smile.
Work completed in top photos by Heather Nygard, registered dental hygienist.
Work completed in the bottom photos by Paula Smith, registered dental hygienist.