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

Very efficient
Yvonne Hilton
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Great Hygientist and Dentist, very friendly staff.
Mark Hughes
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Went for the my 5th or 6th visit today for a cleaning and check up. Very clean and professional place. Everyone was very friendly! Special thanks to my Dental Hygienist, Nichole A. She is very thorough, yet extremely gentle. I've had others in my former state that were so brutal during cleanings. I hated the thought of a cleaning. But now, I actually look forward to it thanks to Nichole. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Ackley Dental Group.
Danny Stover
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I had a crown fall off and my dentist was closed on Fridays. I called, they got me in and I was out/done LESS THAN AND HOUR AFTER I CALLED!! now of course I was a bit lucky on timing but while there the office was professional, the staff friendly and nice and cost (I paid cash, no time for ins.) was very reasonable. in short I'm excited to have some kind of dental emergency pop up so I can return! GREAT place!
AKcharger
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Excellent chair side manner, entire staff that I interacted with was very professional and courteous.Sabrina is very efficient and professional in aiding Dr Kelly. Entire staff is always very courteous. Always an excellent experience. Katrina is a great hygienist.Nicole does a great job also. Everyone in the entire practice that I have had contact with knows their job and takes pride in doing it.Every visit is consistently efficient, courteous and professional..
Dave Duryea
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They were amazing! Very friendly and walked me step by step as to what they were doing. It was my first time going and I can honestly say I may actually start look forward to going to the dentist! 😆
Simply Sarah77
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The best dentist and staff anywhere
Suzanne Hanley
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I have NEVER had such a wonderful experience with a dental office. Its starts with their front desk staff - they are FRIENDLY, understanding, helpful. The hygienist- TIA - was even more friendly, talented, GENTLE, thorough, positive. My dentist explained everything, answered my questions until I was satisfied and did not push expensive needless but profitable procedures or products.GREAT DENTAL CARE at a very reasonable price.They are sooooo good, the soonest appointment wasn’t until June!! I was on the waitlist but never expected a call back. They called me yesterday to see if I was available for today’s appointment!! and she remembered be from when I made the original appointment!!I am also excited to know they have many dentists in the practice with different specialties- so when I need my porcelain veneers fixed or changed, they have someone !!!Thrilled to have found a GREAT DENTIST AND AWESOME DENTAL OFFICE !!
CHAYA MUSHKA
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They always do the best job! The staff is always friendly! My hygienists name is Cristal ! She is awesome so easy to talk to and always leaves my teeth feeling the best ! 10 outta 10 would recommend!
Karlie Fuca
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