Periodontal Therapy is treating gum disease. This is a silent disease that usually does NOT hurt, it just eats away at the jaw bone that holds the teeth in place. If you have perio you will notice more of the tooth root begins to show over time – this means the bone is degenerating. This can cause some sensitivity, but not always. The whole tooth will just FALL OUT, because it no longer has the structure to hold it in place.
When you hear your hygienist talk about your pocket depths – this is what they are referring to. The deeper the pocket, the more food and decay are trapped and the faster the bone disintegrates.
With the use of Lasers, Dr. Ruehle and our Hygiene team can treat this disease so that you can keep your teeth for the rest of your life. This type of treatments can usually prevent tooth loss and expensive and painful gum surgery at the specialists office.