Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. The main goal of treatment is to control the infection. Treatment for periodontal disease involves a deep-cleaning method called scaling and root planing. Scaling involves removal of the tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planning involves smoothing the rough spots on the tooth root where the germs gather, and it also helps to removes bacteria that contribute to the disease. In severe cases, referral to a periodontist may be necessary. Dr D will determine the best course of action and have you on your way to impeccable oral health.