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Periodontal Disease Specialist

Northern Lights Dental Clinic

Dentistry located in North Pole, AK

The American Academy of Periodontology estimates that nearly half of Americans suffer from some form of periodontal disease. At Northern Lights Dental Clinic the dental experts hope to lower those statistics by fighting gum disease at their office in North Pole, Alaska. This destructive disease is often symptomless, so it’s important to schedule your regular dental cleanings and exams. To learn more, call Northern Lights Dental Clinic or schedule an appointment online.

Periodontal Disease Q & A

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an inflammatory condition of the gums and bone that support your teeth. It starts with bacterial growth in your mouth and left unchecked ultimately destroys your gums and jawbone. There are two main types of gum disease that the team at Northern Lights Dental Clinic treats:


Gingivitis is defined as gum inflammation and usually occurs before advanced gum disease. Gingivitis starts with a buildup of plaque on the teeth and gums, leading to inflammation and gums that bleed easily. Fortunately, gingivitis is treatable and reversible with early intervention from the Northern Lights Dental Clinic team. 


Commonly called advanced gum disease, periodontitis penetrates the inner layers of your gums and supporting bone. This causes your gums to recede from your teeth, leaving you vulnerable to harmful bacteria. When bacteria infiltrates below the gum line, it forms small pockets that allow plaque to grow and fester. Without immediate treatment, this bacteria destroys your gum tissue and bone, leading to infection and tooth loss.

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

In the early stages of gum disease, you may not realize that anything is wrong with your oral health. As the disease progresses, however, there are plenty of warning signs to watch out for, such as:

  • Gum inflammation
  • Red, tender gums
  • Gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Noticeable pockets between the gums and teeth
  • Bad breath

If you experience any of the above gum disease symptoms, contact your dentist right away for a full evaluation.

What are my gum disease treatment options?

Northern Lights Dental Clinic offers a wide variety of surgical and nonsurgical gum disease treatment options, such as:

Scaling and root planing

Scaling and root planing, also called a deep cleaning, are nonsurgical procedures in which your dentist removes plaque and bacteria above and below the gum line to clean out the pockets of debris. Next, they smooth out the root to help your gums reattach to your teeth (root planing).

Periodontal surgery and laser gum surgery

During traditional periodontal surgery, the team lifts your gums to clean out deep pockets of plaque and bacteria. They then stitch the gums back into place. If you opt for laser gum surgery, the Northern Lights Dental Clinic specialists use a dental laser to access deep pockets in your gums. The laser kills off the infected tissue and exposes your tooth roots for cleaning.

At Northern Lights Dental Clinic, dental experts are available to help eliminate your gum disease. Call or book an appointment online to learn more.