Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is an infection of the gum and bone that holds teeth in place. They often are painless and you may not be aware that you have a problem until your gums and the supporting bone are seriously damaged. The good news is that periodontal disease often can be treated in the early stages with scaling and root planing (“deep cleaning”). The doctors and hygienists work closely together to develop an appropriate periodontal program for each patient that will ensure a successful treatment outcome. There are times where we will work in conjunction with a Periodontist, a gum specialist, to ensure our patients get the best care possible for their teeth and gums.