Periodontal Therapy

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Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is experienced by the majority of Americans at some point in their life. Once severe gum disease is present, it cannot be eradicated – but it can be managed with regular periodontal therapy. Dr. Patel will always check for periodontal disease during your visits to our Orlando dental office, and will provide you with a treatment plan if necessary.


Since periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection of the gums, often caused by plaque and tartar buildup, anyone can get it – although certain people have extra risk factors or genetic predisposition to gum disease. You may have early stage gum disease (gingivitis) if you:

  • Experience constant tenderness of the gums
  • Notice bleeding when you brush or floss
  • See your gums slowly receding
  • Have chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • See your gums pulling away from your teeth, leaving pockets
  • Have diabetes
  • Have family members with gum disease

The first signs of gingivitis include bleeding while brushing, and red, swollen gums. Bleeding gums are an early symptom that most people ignore! If left untreated, gingivitis can worsen, pockets can get deeper, and the disease will ultimately cause bone, gum, and tooth loss.


Pocket depth refers to the size of the space between gums and teeth. As periodontal disease advances, the gums pull away from the teeth and form crevices where infection can thrive. At your regular exams, we’ll measure pocket depth to assess your periodontal wellness. Healthy gums have a pocket depth of 1 to 3 millimeters. Patients with early-stage gum disease often have a pocket depth between 4 and 5 millimeters. Moderately diseased gums have a pocket depth of 6 to 7 millimeters, and patients with advanced gum disease have a pocket depth greater than 8 millimeters.


During your exam, Dr. Patel will assess your gum tissue. Healthy gums are firm, pink, and do not bleed; the bone is strong and supports the teeth. If you are diagnosed with gum disease, we’ll prescribe appropriate treatment and monitor your progress. Treatment for early-stage gum disease includes scaling and root planing, instructions on proper home-care techniques, and the use of an interdental toothbrush one or more times a day. Advanced cases of periodontal disease may require medication or surgery, but in most cases, we find that symptoms can be remedied with in-office and at-home treatment. Periodontal exams are vitally important to detect and treat gum disease early. Research has shown a link between gum disease and whole-body health complications, including heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and low-birth-weight babies. Think you may have gum disease? contact us to request an appointment for a preventive exam and dental cleaning today!


What Our Other Patients Are Saying

Tracey Harrison
Tracey Harrison
April 26, 2023
I love Dynamic Smile! Dr. Patel is awesome, so kind, so smart, compassionate and always goes the extra mile for her patients. Eileen, my hygienist is amazing! Everyone there, I feel so spoiled! Even my daughter said, “Wow! It’s like me Peds dentist who spoiled me with games and videos, did not even know they were working on my teeth! But on the adult side now! Love you all!
Ann Recatto
Ann Recatto
March 29, 2023
Dynamic Smile is the best! The entire team is amazing. I actually love going to the dentist.
Eric J
Eric J
March 28, 2023
I love the new folks there and their care, service, and attitude are the best ever! Tina gave me my best cleaning ever and Dr. Patel was kind and honest - she said lets watch a few things. Of course no visit could go unpunished a bit... floss more!!!
Emmanuel Diaz
Emmanuel Diaz
March 23, 2023
This is the best dentist I’ve ever been too. Everyone is super nice & Dr. Patel is awesome! They really care about you as a patient and treat you like family!!
Scott Mallwitz
Scott Mallwitz
March 21, 2023
Amazing practice - welcoming staff, skillful technicians and thoughtful, compassionate care. A wonderful experience.
Natalie Laing
Natalie Laing
March 15, 2023
Dr. Patel designed the most beautiful and realistic restorations for me. The entire staff is professional, patient and kind. They make sure you are comfortable during the entire procedure. They even created a Playlist of me favorite music for me to listen to during the procedure. Dr. Patel even put lipstick on me so I could be sure I was happy with my new smile. The whole procedure was a great experience from beginning to end. I'll be returning as a patient for the rest of my dental care.😍😍😍
Anthony Sims
Anthony Sims
March 10, 2023
Dr Patel and her staff are the best in the business! My Invisalign results are amazing!
Dr. Ruth D Edwards
Dr. Ruth D Edwards
February 28, 2023
DSD has taken care of my teeth for over 20 years, primarily Dr. Puig. Welcoming environment, customer oriented staff, skilled dental professionals. Looking forward to working with Dr. Patel.

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