Treatment of Periodontal Disease
Dr. Hobbs may recommend further assessment for periodontal disease if there is evidence of inflammation or bone loss. A periodontal assessment includes taking measurements of the ‘pockets’, or areas between the teeth and the gums, to see if the gums have pulled away from the teeth. Deep pocketing is an indication of an area where the infection has affected the soft tissue. Dr. Hobbs and our dental hygienists will use dental x-rays to determine if there has been any bone loss.
Early to moderate periodontal disease may be treated non-surgically by Dr. Hobbs and our dental hygienists with procedures (root planing) to remove calculus deposits and control bacterial levels. If we can eliminate the source of the infection and promote healing, we can help to prevent further bone loss.
In the case of severe bone loss or extensive periodontal disease, Dr. Hobbs may refer the patient to a local periodontist, a dental specialist in surgical periodontal treatment. Dr. Hobbs and the periodontist may recommend bone and soft tissue grafting procedures to restore areas affected by periodontal disease.