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

I am currently under treatment with Dr. Wise-Scheurermann. The entire staff at ACKLEY Dental is extremely professional and very empathetic. I was able to schedule my first appointment within 24 hours, and the staff was apologetic as they were unable to schedule me for the same day. (I am currently undergoing chemotherapy and I had a front tooth break off at the gum line. I called the office late in the afternoon when it happened and was given an appointment for the following day.) I called the office when I arrived, and they came out to the car to screen me. I found their COVID-19 screening to be thorough. I was taken to the exam room and was seen by the hygienist. Unfortunately I do not recall her name but she was wonderful. Dr. Wise-Scheurermann came in and examined me and we discussed the treatment plan. I must say Dr. Wise-Scheurermann was wonderful! She immediately put me at ease (I am terrified of the dentist). I would highly recommend Ackley Dental, especially Dr. Wise-Scheurermann and her team!
Diane Fracassi
13:47 30 May 20
Great appt as usual (for a dentist visit 😉) 22 years and counting!
Lisa Bambauer
00:01 29 May 20
Fast and professional. Thoroughly explained everything.
Dougherty/Denis Team Offers
14:11 28 May 20
Unbelievable! Not just the excellent service, but the results of two short visits. I had some dental work last year and was given a "flipper" to use while my mouth healed. Unfortunately, the flipper was stepped on and was not longer able to use. I visited Ackley last Friday , and mold was made and yesterday I went back and it was adjusted for my mouth. Dr. Ackley was the best experience I had with dental work in the last two years. The flipper is the best fit! Did not even have to remove it to eat! Ackley Dental was recommended to me and my husband by a friend. We both highly recomment to anyone the services and expertise of Ackley Dental Group.
lois rimassa
03:12 28 May 20
Very conscientious about safety. I felt very comfortable being there. Nichole and all your staff are great.
Sandra Jones
01:34 28 May 20
They very understanding and work with you . I enjoyed my visit.
Edwin Crace
00:22 28 May 20
Very impressed with their attention to detail. I really like how they take the time to explain their recommendations for treatment.
Ben Rallo
14:46 27 May 20
Excellent dental group . Dr Ackley and is staff are excellent. I have had crowns and several implants done by Dr Ackley and all went well, never any issues. I also have periodic cleanings , which always went well.I would highly recommend the Ackley Dental Group.
Joseph Battista
17:49 23 May 20
Very friendly, knowledgeable, and caring staff!
Melissa Mixson
01:16 22 May 20

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