Wednesday, October 25, 2017

So, what is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a chronic infection that is caused by bacteria found in plaque on the teeth adjacent to and under the gums. Not all bacteria in dental plaque cause periodontal disease. The "bugs" that cause bone and attachment loss around teeth generally favor a deep, non-oxygenated environment. This is why, as periodontists, we strive to reduce the depth of the pockets in the gums. The shallower the gum pockets, the fewer bad bacteria can inhabit the environment. Shallower pockets also allow better access for cleaning both at home and professionally. You can find out more about periodontal disease and its causes at

Friday, October 13, 2017

Painless periodontal surgery

The vast majority of our laser periodontal surgery patients (LANAP) experience little or no post-operative pain. We've really progressed from the days of flap surgery and bone grafts. Come see us and experience periodontal treatment in a much kinder, gentler way!