Treating Periodontal Disease

Treatment of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, a chronic infection of the gum tissue and bone in the mouth, is the number one cause of tooth loss in America. Regular periodontal treatment provided by Dr. Lee at Klamath Falls Dental Specialists can help correct this chronic bacterial infection, helping patients to save their teeth.

There are times when periodontal disease occurs even though patients take excellent care of their teeth. People with certain conditions, such as diabetes, tobacco use, and teeth grinding are more susceptible to the development of periodontal disease.

Regardless of the cause of periodontal disease, it’s essential to seek treatment as soon possible to remove existing bacteria and regenerate supporting structures of gum tissue and bone. Dr. Lee and her compassionate staff at Klamath Falls Dental Specialists provide a variety of treatment options for those dealing with periodontal disease.

Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

Periodontal scaling and root planing is the most common and conservative form of treatment for periodontal disease, allowing Dr. Lee and her staff to clean gum tissue and root surfaces. Scaling and root planing is the most effective way to prevent the progression of periodontal disease.

Scaling and root planing removes the plaque and calculus that collect in the spaces between teeth and gum tissue. Because plaque tends to stick to rough surfaces, the root surface of each affected tooth is made smooth in a process called root planing. Root planing removes any remaining calculus and smooths uneven areas of the root surface.

Scaling and root planing is especially effective for the treatment of early stages of periodontal disease. With more advanced gum disease, scaling and root planing may be the first step before surgery.

Scaling and root planing is generally completed in one to four visits to Klamath Falls Dental Specialists depending on the severity of the disease and the number of teeth affected.

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808 Main Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Phone: (541) 884-8668


Klamath Falls orthodontist Dr. Neil Walle and Klamath Falls periodontist Dr. Jenny Lee offer specialized and compassionate orthodontic and periodontal care.