Gum disease is a very serious problem that affects nearly half of all adults. Receive the periodontal services you need from Smiles Cosmetic & Family Dentistry to overcome this troubling condition.


Periodontitis, or gum disease, occurs when the gums are left exposed to tartar, bacteria and plaque for an extended duration of time. The first sign is gums that appear slightly swollen and darkened in color. They may also feel somewhat irritated, and they may begin to bleed when brushing and flossing. As the condition progresses, the gums will start to pull away from the teeth. This creates empty voids called periodontal pockets. These spaces can become filled with further bacteria and plaque and allow the condition to spread throughout the mouth more easily. Measuring the depths of these pockets is crucial for determining just how far the condition has spread. If the pockets become deep enough, the bacteria can make its way to the jawbone. From there, it can attack the connective tissues of teeth and cause tooth loss and jawbone deterioration.

The key to successful periodontal treatment is to stop the problem before any serious damage occurs. Gum disease becomes progressively more challenging to manage as it continues to spread. That is why receiving treatment early on is crucial. At Smiles Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we have all the resources you need to put a stop to gum disease and restore your oral health. We offer a wide variety of treatments and services to properly address periodontitis at all stages. Getting started early will give you the best chance of saving your teeth and restoring your oral health. Our periodontal services include scaling and root planing, dental crown lengthening, gingivectomy, root surface debridement, laser treatment and pocket reduction procedures.

What is scaling and root planing?

Scaling and root planing is the gold-standard treatment for mild to moderate cases of periodontitis. It involves using advanced tools to reach deep below the gum line so that harmful buildups of bacteria, tartar and plaque can be removed. Any rough surfaces are then smoothed out to make future accumulations less likely to occur.

What is dental crown lengthening?

Dental crown lengthening consists of a simple oral surgery that involves removing and reshaping any diseased or damaged gum tissue. The goal of dental crown lengthening is to eliminate the “gummy” smile that often occurs when the gums become inflamed and swollen. The procedure is relatively quick and easy, and the patient should enjoy a fast recovery.

What is a gingivectomy?

A gingivectomy is a treatment for more serious cases of gum disease that cannot be improved with conventional scaling and root planing. This oral surgery allows our experts to access the periodontal pockets directly so that unwanted matter can be removed. A successfully gingivectomy procedure will clean out the periodontal pockets and promote quick healing.

What is root surface debridement?

Root surface debridement is a non-surgical treatment method for moderate cases of periodontitis. This technique involves accessing the root surfaces and performing a deep and total cleanse of these areas. This will eliminate the bacteria, tartar and plaque to stop the spread of the condition. Healing should then follow with the buildups removed.

What is laser treatment?

Laser treatment for periodontitis involves using advanced lasers to eliminate the excess gum tissue that surrounds the teeth. This laser is also effective in removing unwanted buildups and smoothing out rough spots. The advantage of using laser treatment is that it is usually less painful for the patient and allows for a faster recovery.

What is pocket reduction?

Pocket reduction is the process of eliminating the periodontal pockets that allow gum disease to spread throughout the mouth. We use an antimicrobial liquid to shrink the pockets, while also removing any bacterial presence. Over time, the pockets should begin to gradually reduce in size until they are completely gone. This is perfect for helping a patient recover from gum disease.

Receive effective treatment for periodontitis at Smiles Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. We’re here to help you beat gum disease so that you can restore your oral health. Please call us at (770) 637-7428 to schedule an appointment.