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

My family has been going to Ackley Dental for approximately 25 years. We are always welcomed with smiles and treated like family. If I do have a problem, which is VERY seldom if at all, We've been taken care of promptly. Thank you Ashley Dental! Keep up the good work! 💜 😉
Sandy Locke
04:51 15 Feb 20
Ackley Dental helped me with problems that no other Dentist could ! Instead of spot treating problems they came up with a comprehensive plan to fix my entire mouth and a payment program I could afford. I had missing teeth and old fillings that were infected plus other issues. Dr. Ronald Ackley told me in advance what was going to happen in each session and gave me peace of mind and a smile I could be proud of. The entire staff is warm and friendly. My wife says I have a movie star smile. Thank you Ackley Dental !
DJ Marvelous Marvin and Pamela Jean The Queen!
15:44 30 Jan 20
Dr. Ackley and his staff are the best in the business. i highly recommend them to anyone with general or cosmetic dental needs.
Timothy David Martin
13:33 26 Oct 19
Ackley Dental is a positive group of professionals.everyone makes you feel comfortable.Dr Amy Ackley is the best dentist I've ever been to see. Danielle her assistant was great and everyone else.if you need a dentistdo yourself a favor and go to Ackley Dental ❤️
Suzanne Schultz
15:16 27 Sep 19
I paid a lot of money for a CT scan seeking dental implants..... I needed to shop around due to the high estimate....I left with my 300.00 DVD(copy of it) IT would not work on a different dental implant place!! UUGHHH... I called both places back and forth.. trying to see if Ackley could format it a different way...put it on a stick.. whatever.....nope can't be done!! I begged Ackley to return my money and that I was mad!! THEY DID!!!! they have been my dentist in the past and even though I will probably have the procedure done somewhere else they were still HONEST and ENDORSED customer service in doing the right thing! YOU ROCK ACKLEY DENTAL!!!! keep up the awesome customer service....my check was cut in 5minutes!! UNHEARD OF!! I drove there and it was ready at the door in an envelope!! WOW ...RIGHT??!! ...I will be going back to Ackley to see Amy in my dental future! Tu!!!Robin ❤️
Robin Catino
02:13 06 Jul 19
Every staff member is so kind, from the front desk to the hygienist to the doctors. My assistant Julie was so friendly and personable, I’ve never felt more comfortable in a dental office.
Priscilla Davila
14:40 14 Jun 19
Every staff member is so kind, from the front desk to the hygienist to the doctors. My assistant Julie was so friendly and personable, I’ve never felt more comfortable in a dental office.
Priscilla Davila
14:39 14 Jun 19
Dr. Wise and her team are One of a kind! Thank you for everything you do for our family.
Mick B
00:15 27 Feb 19
I took my kids for their first ever appointment at Ackley Dental and I was not disappointed! The staff was friendly and helpful, the hygienist was quick, efficient and kind. Dr. Amy Ackley was knowledgeable and listened to all of my questions and answered them carefully. They set all of the appointments so I could get my teeth cleaned as my kids were getting theirs done. They did such a good job with each of my kids they came out excited and couldn't wait to come back (even though one of them got sealants!). They gave each of my kids a t-shirt (for having no cavities 🙂 and a goodie bag. What a lovely experience!
Angela Sarabia
00:23 19 Feb 19

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