Gum Disease


Gum Disease Treatments

If you’ve watched toothpaste commercials you’ve probably heard about gingivitis, also known as gum disease.  Put simply, that’s an inflammation of the gums and is usually caused by build-ups of tartar and plaque on your teeth.

Hall Periodontics specializes in treating gum disease, an oral health concern that has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and cancer.   Periodontal disease may cause pockets between the gum and the tooth, reducing the stability of your teeth.   There are many causes, and medications and immune disorders can also contribute to gum disease.

Various procedures are used to treat gum disease, from specialized cleanings and a stepped up home care program for the mildest periodontitis to oral surgery for more serious cases.  Our goal is to give you the least invasive and most cost effective treatment available.

Periodontal Surgery

More severe pockets between teeth and gums may not be easily treated by scaling and root planing. If you have deep pockets surrounding your teeth, we may recommend a pocket reduction procedure. This involves folding back the gum tissue, cleaning out the disease-causing bacteria and fastening the gum tissue back in place.  If the bone has been damaged, we may smooth it out to eliminate places where bacteria can hide.

Serious gum disease can destroy supporting bone in your mouth.   If that happens, we may recommend reversing the damage by removing bacteria and then doing a bone graft or using tissue-stimulating proteins to encourage your body to regenerate the lost bone and tissue.  This can help reduce the depth of the pockets between your gums and your teeth and repair the damage you’ve experienced from gum disease.


Scaling & Root Planing

One common treatment for gum disease is called scaling and root planing.  Despite the scary sounding name, it’s actually a non-invasive specialized cleaning that is often successful in treating mild gum disease.  Scaling and root planing involves a careful cleaning of the tooth below the gum line along the root surfaces to remove plaque and tartar build up so that the gums can more closely and effectively adhere to the teeth, keeping bacteria out.   Follow up treatments may include antimicrobials and ongoing maintenance therapy.

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I have a lot of confidence in Dr. Hall and his staff.  He has surrounded himself with people who have the same level of caring and concern.


My gums were in bad shape after a lot of years of smoking. Dr. Hall and his staff have improved my gums dramatically. I definitely feel better after the oral surgery.


Dr. Hall seems like a great guy. He’s very concerned about your well-being. He even calls to follow up and see how you’re doing.


Not only is everyone very nice, but the office is very prompt.  I never had to wait more than a couple of minutes.


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