Periodontal therapy treats a variety of conditions — typically plaque and gingivitis — that can damage your oral health, starting with your gums and then advancing to affect your teeth and even your jawbone. If your gum health starts to deteriorate, they can recede, swell, or redden. Once gum disease advances, the areas surrounding the teeth become affected, and can even be destroyed, resulting in tooth loss.

Periodontal infections are dangerous because they are painless and symptomless — the best treatment is preventative, which is why it’s important to keep up healthy dental hygiene and schedule regular cleanings.

However, if you are experiencing periodontal infection, Dr. Montoya is highly experienced in therapy and treatment. If you’re concerned about a potential infection, schedule a consultation with Dr. Montoya today.

It all comes back to plaque.

Plaque is a sticky film that forms over your teeth, at or below your gum line, composed from bacteria, old food particles, and other types of waste. Because it is constantly forming — playing host to bacteria that can irritate your teeth and gums — the best treatment is prevention through daily brushing and flossing.

If, however, the bacteria isn’t removed, plaque can harden and become calcified to the point where only a dental professional can remove it. Over time, this buildup causes pockets of space to form and play host for gingivitis and periodontal disease, with the potential to cause lasting damage.