Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. We will evaluate the severity of each of our patients and recommend the appropriate treatment. Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacteria, plaque, and tartar, which cause irritation to the surrounding tissues. When these irritants remain in the pocket, they cause infection and damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth. If the disease is caught in the early stages (known as Gingivitis) and no permanent damage has been done, one to two regular cleanings may be recommended. You will also be given instructions on improving your daily oral hygiene habits. However, if the disease has progressed to a more advanced stage, where the infection has caused bone loss, treatment options may include scaling and root planing, bone surgery or or other gingival and osseous treatments.