Lloyd Center Dental Care
2211 Lloyd Center
Portland, OR 97232


Phone:   (503) 282-7537

Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)

Tooth cleaning tools.Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.

What Is Gum Disease?


The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at your dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing.

Advanced gum disease is called periodontitis. Chronic periodontitis can lead to the loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth and it may become more severe over time. If it does, your teeth will feel loose and start moving around in your mouth. It usually gets worse slowly, but there can be periods of rapid progression.

Regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. The treatment methods that our dentists diagnose will depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good dental care at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring.

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How is Periodontal Disease Treated?


There are several methods of non-surgical periodontal therapy that are available. During your consultation with our dentists, they will recommend the best course of treatment for you based upon your individual diagnosis.

Scaling & Root-Planing

Scaling is a cleaning procedure that removes plaque and calculus from the teeth at or slightly below the gumline. Root Planing removes deposits to the bottom of the pocket. The root surfaces are also smoothed which allows for tightening of the gum tissue and reduces the pocket depth.

At Lloyd Center Dental Care, Scaling and Root Planing (SRP) is typically done in two 1-1/2 hour appointments by one of our experienced hygienists. The deep areas will be numbed with local anesthetic. An ultrasonic scaler (Cavitron) is used as well as hand instruments (scalers).

This type of treatment may be all that's needed, especially when periodontal disease is caught early. For those with more advanced periodontal disease, you may be referred to a periodontist (Gum Disease Specialist) for more advanced treatment.

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Couple with healthy gums.

What Happens After Treatment?


Sticking to a regular oral hygiene regimen is crucial for patients who want to sustain the results of therapy. Patients should visit the dentist every 3-4 months (or more, depending on the patient) for scaling, localized root planing and an overall exam.

Periodontal Disease is a disease that can be treated and managed, but is difficult to reverse the damage done to the gums. It is impossible to regain the bone that is lost due to aggressive stages of gum disease, so it is important to realize that a general professional cleaning will not be sufficient to maintain health and wellness.

Treating and preventing gum disease brings great health benefits. By retaining your natural teeth, you can chew more comfortably and enjoy better digestion. You can have a healthy smile, a natural asset to your appearance. You can save money and avoid discomfort by preventing future dental problems. For looking good and feeling good, nothing works better than your natural teeth.

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