Gum Disease Treatment in Jacksonville

Gum Disease Treatment in Jacksonville

We educate our patients about the dangers of gum disease and how to treat it.

Highly skilled and knowledgeable specialist in gum disease

Gum disease can be a particularly insidious disease, as the infection involved in periodontal disease not only damages teeth and gums, but also may have an effect on other body systems. Gum disease has been linked to other conditions like diabetes, heart attacks and strokes.

Dr. Perlman’s goal is to prevent and eliminate your gum disease, using minimally invasive techniques for maximum results. That means he does everything he can to treat gum disease without having to resort to periodontal surgery.

As a periodontist with almost 30 years of experience, Dr. Perlman is an extremely knowledgeable and highly skilled specialist in the treatment of gum disease. He is dedicated to helping his patients preserve their natural teeth, enhance their smile, and avoid the potentially life-threatening systemic effects of untreated periodontal disease.

$79 New Patient Exam and X-rays

$79 Gum Treatment ConsultationThe first step is to establish the type and severity of your gum disease through a thorough examination. Dr. Perlman will do a comprehensive study of your dental condition and will review your medical and dental history. He will advise you on your treatment options, and answer any questions you may have. This special offer includes the following:

  • Digital X-rays
  • Periodontal probing and charting
  • Comprehensive oral exam
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Consultation with the doctor
  • Discussion of your treatment options
  • Answers to all of your questions
  • Written treatment plan

To make an appointment, call 904-900-2552 or click here to request an appointment online.

Effective Gum Disease treatment

Accurate diagnosis

Dr. Perlman will assess the health of your gums by doing a complete probing of your gums using a thin, gentle probe to measure the depth of the gum pockets. Pockets occur when gum disease spreads below the gum line, causing the gums to detach from the root surface and form pockets in which bacteria can multiply and cause further detachment.

Pockets 3 mm and deeper with the presence of plaque and calculus indicate the beginning of gum disease. A pocket of 7 mm to 10 mm indicates an advanced stage of periodontitis (severe gum disease).

Thorough deep cleaning

Gum Disease Treatment in Jacksonville

We use ultrasonic scalers to provide more thorough cleanings.

Our first line of attack on gum disease is a deep cleaning – which involves scaling and root planing. We use ultrasonic scalers and air polishing systems as well as traditional hand instruments to combat and control gum disease.

Home care education

Your home oral care is vital for the success of any treatment. Our hygienists will provide you with an extensive education on how to best keep your gums free of disease. They will show you which toothbrush and floss are most effective, and least damaging. They will review the food and drink you need to avoid to help you combat gum disease.

LANAP®—Laser-Assisted Gum Disease Treatment

Gum Disease Treatment in Jacksonville

Dr. Perlman uses a dental laser to provide non-surgical gum treatment.

For severe gum disease, Dr. Perlman uses a minimally invasive alternative to conventional “flap” periodontal surgery, LANAP, Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure. Unlike conventional periodontal surgery, this is a minimally invasive procedure, which means little to no post-surgical discomfort. Conventional periodontal surgery can take up to two weeks for recovery; there’s a less than 24-hour recovery period with LANAP.

The aim of any gum disease treatment is to eliminate the bacteria and the pockets caused by the bacteria attacking below the gum line. These pockets are created when the gum detaches from the root surface. LANAP’s gentle and highly focused lasers destroy the bacteria, remove the infected tissue and stimulate the body’s natural regenerative potential. The body responds by generating a new coating on the root surface and new connective tissue (periodontal ligaments), allowing the gums to reattach to the root surface, thereby closing the pocket.

Learn more about the LANAP procedure.

DNA testing

Occasionally a patient will not respond to standard treatment procedures. This could be indicative of a particularly resistant bacteria strain. Dr. Perlman will take his diagnosis a step further by doing a DNA saliva test to determine which type of bacteria is prevalent. By identifying which type of bacteria is causing the problems, we can create a treatment path to best attack it, including prescribing bacteria-specific antibiotics.

Antibiotic therapy

The use of bacteria-specific antibiotics, in conjunction with deep cleaning and good home care, can effectively eliminate the formation of extensive plaque.

Pocket depth reduction surgery

In some severe but rare cases, conventional periodontal surgery is necessary. This is generally known as “flap” surgery.

During this procedure, Dr. Perlman will lift back the gums, remove the tartar and smooth out the irregular surfaces of the bone to limit areas where bacteria can attach. The gums are then reattached to the tooth, eliminating any pockets where the bacteria can multiply.

Soft-tissue grafts to treat receding gums

Severe gum disease can cause gums to recede or to thin. Dr. Perlman can perform soft-tissue grafts to replace gum tissue loss to gum disease.

Learn More about Gum Grafting here.

Bone grafting to treat bone loss

Severe periodontal disease can eat away at the jawbone. Dr. Perlman can perform bone grafting procedures to augment the bone in your jaw and stimulate new bone growth.

See our Bone Grafting page for more information.

To make an appointment, call 904-900-2552 or click here to request an appointment online.