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Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a serious infection in your gums that is primarily caused by bacterial plaque that is constantly forming on your teeth. When plaque isn’t removed by brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings, it can turn to tartar — a hard substance that can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist.

When left in the mouth, plaque and tartar can cause inflammation of your gums which can develop into an infection below the gum line causing the gum to separate from your teeth creating pockets that become infected and can even fill with pus. As the pockets deepen and the disease becomes more pronounced, bone and gum tissue are destroyed which can ultimately result in tooth loss. Periodontal disease is stealthy; usually giving no or very few signs of its existence. Regular dental checkups can detect periodontal disease at even its earliest stages.

Preventive Periodontics

Since periodontal disease is created by plaque and tartar buildup on your gums, good dental hygiene is a must in preventing gum disease. And along with good daily oral hygiene habits, regular visits to your dentist for checkups and professional cleanings will help keep your gums healthy and free of periodontal disease and infections. If gum disease is caught in the early stages, it can be treated with a procedure known as scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing may take more than one appointment, and a local anesthetic is often used to prevent discomfort. The procedure involves scaling all plaque, bacterial toxins and tartar from the teeth and root surfaces; and then root planing, which smoothes any rough areas on the root surfaces. These smooth surfaces will help to prevent bacteria, plaque and tartar from re-adhering.

Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia has been providing quality dentistry to the city of Philadelphia for over 80 years. Dr. Shahram Shamloo and Dr. Naomi Ram are specialists in providing care to Philly-area patients. Contact us today at (215) 234-7644 to schedule your visit.

Our Happy Patients

"Premier Dentistry is by far the best dental practice around, and especially convenient if you live and/or work in Center City Philly. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for prompt, professional, and fantastic customer service in their dental experience."

Sherwood J.

"When I came to this practice, I had a lot of dental work to get done. I hadn't been to the dentist in quite awhile. Dr. Shamloo and Dr. Ram were patient, gentle, and caring. They explained everything in detail and took their time to make sure everything was perfect. I highly recommend this office."

Amy M.

"Wow!! For my first check up in over a year, I was a bit nervous. Luckily everyone in the office was so friendly and made me feel like part of their family. Everything went smooth and I felt at ease getting my treatment done, which has not been my experience with my prior dentists. Dr. Ram explained exactly what was going on and made sure I felt comfortable. I had a ton of questions and Michelle was really understanding and knowledgeable. Everyone in the office seemed super friendly especially Amy at the front desk! I'd highly recommend them for anyone looking to get quality dental care in a stress free way! :)"

Michele K.
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