Protecting the Health of Your Bone and Gums

We offer a wide variety of periodontal surgical procedures such as gum grafts to fix areas of recession and/or defects, bone grafting, scaling and root planing, and periodontal maintenance. With each procedure varying greatly from patient to patient, it is difficult to cover each section on a website. If you have any concerns about the health of your bone or gums, we would be more than happy to evaluate your particular needs at our office and give you a customized treatment plan to accommodate your goals and give you a healthy smile.

Stages of Gingivitis (gum disease) and Periodontitis (bone disease)

Gingivitis (Gum Disease- Stage 1)

Gingivitis is the first stage of Periodontal disease. Plaque, a sticky substance filled with bacteria, settles along the gum line of the teeth and causes the gums to swell, become red in appearance and bleed. Gingivitis is reversible and can be resolved with the combination of a professional dental cleaning and meticulous home care. Key signs of gingivitis are gums that are red and bleed easily when touched or brushed.​

Periodontitis (Bone Disease - Stages 2 & 3)

If the plaque is not removed, bacteria will settle around the roots of the teeth and start to destroy the supporting bone (Pictured in Stage 2). The bone loss is not reversible. The gums will become infected and pull away from the teeth, forming pockets. As the pockets become deeper and the infection progresses, more bacteria will accumulate and further bone loss will occur. The gums will shrink away and the teeth will start to become loose and may shift. Many people suffer from bad breath at this stage.

When periodontal disease has reached its advanced stage, painful abscesses can form in the gum. There is very little bone support left and the teeth are loose. In most cases, teeth that have reached this stage require extraction. Periodontal disease is an infection of the bone and gum tissues that support your teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. At each regular checkup, the dentist will measure the depth of the shallow v-shaped crevice (called a sulcus) between your tooth and gums to assess your gum health and determine if you have periodontal disease.

Treatment: Deep Cleanings (Scaling and Root Planing)

The initial phase in the treatment of periodontal disease is scaling and root planing, commonly referred to as a “deep cleaning.” The objective is removal of the bacteria that has accumulated beneath the gums on the root surfaces. Deep cleanings cannot restore the lost bone and tissue but can prevent the disease process from advancing and help to prevent tooth loss.

Scaling involves removal of the bacteria and other debris from the crown and root surfaces of the teeth. Root planing involves smoothing the root surfaces of the teeth, in areas where they have become rough due to tartar. Depending on the severity of the disease process, some individuals require local anesthetic (numbing) for the scaling and root planing appointment. Once the teeth have been thoroughly cleaned, the disease process is slowed; however, proper home care is a vital component of successful treatment. Sometimes the periodontal disease has progressed to a point where surgical measures are required to adequately remove all debris and contour the damaged bone and tissues. At your initial cleaning appointment, we will assess your gum and bone health, and determine a treatment plan that is custom to your needs.

Patient Testimonials

WHAT OTHER PATIENTS, LIKE YOU, HAVE TO SAY

They are just the best! Everyone just puts you at ease it is like visiting your family! Ackley Dental Group is a one stop shopping what ever your dental needs are it is available including children dentistry no more running here or there! I love my Ackley Dental Group! Thank you Dr Kelly and Cassandra !❤️
Karen Betz
23:53 08 Apr 20
I greatly appreciate the excellent care that I received today. First, I was called to explain to me the procedures that would be taken to keep everyone safe. When I arrived I waited in the car until the doctor was ready for me. When it was time the nurse came out for me in a mask and gloves. While inside every precaution was taken to keep us both safe. Kudos to all. Stay safe. Thank you to all for the great care you provide. I would highly recommend Akley Dental.
Margarita Laboy
13:57 07 Apr 20
Awesome. Everyone was friendly and very helpful. The dentist was wonderful. She was painless.I have a temporary crown on my tooth and the permanent one will be ready in 2 weeks. Thank you for helping me.Thank you Julie and everyone at Ackley!!! l highly recommend Ackley Dental.
Debbie Kromeich
00:45 21 Mar 20
Very friendly, polite and professional. Also, my tooth was fixed quickly and to my satisfaction.
Susan Kinley Hornbeck
10:46 20 Mar 20
The Ackley dental group has been a very professional group they are very friendly and I am very happy with their work. The prices are very reasonable. So I would recommend them to anyone who needs dental work. David Rolerad
Dave Rolerad
00:04 20 Mar 20
I called yesterday and they gave me an appointment for today. From the receptionist to the technician, Dr Amy Ackley and to the person processing my payment at the end, I could not have been treated more professionally and personally. I have been well pleased with the treatment received from the Ackley Dental Group. Friends of mine are also treated by them. Kudos to everyone at Ackley Dental.
Anne Marie Gorman
00:03 20 Mar 20
Dr. Ackley and his staff are the true professionals that you are looking for. They are very friendly and personable, caring, considerate but professional and safe. These things are all very important to me and I would highly recommend this business to each and every one who is looking for a great family dentist or a specialist that is a pro with the restoration of my teeth. Truly deserves 5+ ⭐️‘s
SAMUEL MACDONELL
13:27 18 Mar 20
This dentist was highly recommended to me and the dental care I’ve received is excellent!
Lis A
00:16 17 Mar 20
There are only GLOWING words I would write about Ackley Dental!It’s almost pleasant going to the dentist. LOLI have been treated by both Dr. Kelly and Dr. Ackley and have totalconfidence and trust in their words and skills. The very busy staff always have time to be friendly and attentive.And….most important: The complimentary COFFEE is delicious!My past experiences with other dental practices have often beendisappointing and expensive, needing corrections and departure.I am Pleasantly Permanent Patient of Ackley Dental.
Phyllis Davgin
01:16 15 Mar 20

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