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 use the latest equipment and methods in the field and are all super-friendly, upbeat, and sensitive to each patient's circumstances. They have the best dental staff I have ever met.
David Ward Sr.
01:50 15 Jan 21
Very professional as usual.
William Delmolino
18:44 14 Jan 21
Ackley Dental is great, especially my hygienist Nicole!
Len Pinelli
00:02 14 Jan 21
It’s ALWAYS a complete pleasure going to Ackley Dental, and my recent visit was no exception. Do you to Covid, I was given thorough instructions at the new procedures. I parked in the parking lot, called the front desk, and in less than 60 seconds the nurse came out to greet me. She did a temperature scan, and then guided me through the front doors and straight to the dental chair. My hygienist Nicole wore a mask the whole time. After asking me the standard questions, she added a face shield to her head, and then did the normal cleaning. Although no one likes going to the dentist, this experience is the best it can possibly be, LOL! Everyone is friendly & professional. Always.
Rae Wayne
12:59 13 Jan 21
I love Ackley Dental Group. The staff is always courteous and my Dentist Dr. Wise has a gentle hand and is the best. I am thankful to have her as my dentist. I am never nervous going there like I have been with previous dentists. And I highly recommend this group for your dental needs.
Beth Ann Toohey
00:58 12 Jan 21
they have a great staff very warm and personnel i have been going here for several years now and its always the same 100% everytime thank you Ackley Dental Group, David
David Bowen
02:43 10 Jan 21
Very professional and get work staff
William Delmolino
13:47 09 Jan 21
Everyone is kind and gentle. They treat me as if I was a member of their family.
Misses Godwin
00:02 09 Jan 21
Ackley dental treats you like family and takes great care of my needs
Bill Briggs
00:00 09 Jan 21

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1530 Pinehurst Dr.
Spring Hill, FL 34606