What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
Also known as gum disease, it is a chronic infection that can become painful and destroy the bone that supports your teeth. Eventually, so much bone may be lost that your teeth will become loose, and in severe cases, have to removed. Periodontal disease cannot be cured, it can only be maintained.
What are the symptoms?
- Your gums may bleed when you floss or brush
- Your gums may be soft, swollen, and tender
- Your gum may start to pull away from your teeth
- Your teeth may become loose
- You may have persistent bad breath
- You may have no symptoms at all
What are the Treatments?
- Scaling and Root Planing : this procedure removes plaque, tartar, and bacterial toxins from the tooth surfaces below the gum line. To keep patients comfortable, we usually numb the area beforehand. View the video below from the American Dental Association about this type of gum treatment.
- Frequent appointments every 3-4 months (“periodontal maintenance” appointments)
- In some more severe cases, we will recommend a referral to a gum specialist. (Periodontist)
We do not recommend delaying treatment because although periodontal disease is incurable, it is still treatable. Our goal with periodontal treatment at Door Creek Dental is to help you save your smile.
What Our Patients Are Saying
My family and I have been patients of Dr. Kirkpatrick for 18 years! We love the people there and as a previously ‘nervous’ dental patient I can say I honestly have no fear there. Recently Dr. To performed a crown and as with Dr. K., it was an easy experience for me. She did extra bit of cosmetic work on a front tooth crack and in past the 2 dentists have done simple things like smooth a fringed tooth that was wearing away a bit so as to improve the look of my smile, on the house! Who does this kind of customer service anymore? DOORCREEK DENTAL THAT’S WHO! From young children through concerns adults have regarding aging teeth DoorCreek covers everyone’s needs.
Door Creek Dental – professional, personable and positive Our family has relied on Door Creek Dental for dental care for years. We appreciate the pleasant and professional manner in this office as well as the great chair-side manner of hygienists, nurses and doctors. I am confident that Dr. Kirkpatrick is practical and knowledgeable in making viable recommendations that are exactly what I need to maintain good oral health. Dr. Kirkpatrick’s wit and respectful banter while smiling staff look on makes me feel I’m among friends in addition to receiving good dental care. Overall, my experience with Door Creek Dental has always been positive. We will continue with Door Creek Dental in the future.
I use to hate going to the Dentist! Since I met Michelle my hygienist I actually enjoy going regularly to see her! She has taken my teeth from bad to really really nice in just a few visits. Great Dr and office staff! Highly recommended!!
My first time visit to Door Creek Dental office was THE BEST. Brittany and Dr. Kirkpatrick made me feel very comfortable and ‘at home’. My cleaning and my examination was very thorough. I’m looking forward to my next visit in August. My second visit to Door Creek Dental was as good as the first! To begin with the staff at the front desk are THE BEST. Their easy, happy manner puts one at ease immediately. I met Jennifer for the first time. She took time to get to know me and then did a thorough cleaning. I’m happy to have located a great dental team.
Can’t say enough good things about staff and doctors here. They got me in for an emergency tooth issue with little problem. Have been with them since before Dr. Kirkpatrick came on board. Never have had bad experience ever. Most of extended family also go here. We travel from out of state to receive treatment from them, that is how much we think of them and their service.