Periodontal Treatments

Periodontal Disease in Cary, NC

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a very serious matter. Periodontal disease is a result of plaque buildup on your gums. As this bacteria creates a sticky surface which dentists call plaque, your gum tissue is being pulled away from your teeth. Gum disease is often without pain, so you may not even be aware that you have it. If you have not been receiving regular dental checkups, there is a strong possibility that periodontal disease exists and will progress further until its the effects are irreversible. The keys to preventing periodontal disease are diagnosis and treatment.

How is Periodontal Disease Diagnosis?

Dr. Privette will check for periodontal disease by measuring the space between your teeth and gums. As the space increases, it indicates the gums are receding due to damage and disease. The sooner Dr. Privette spots the gum disease, the more quickly he can treat the problem and get you back on track with regards to your oral health.

Symptoms Periodontal Disease…

Symptoms of periodontal/gum disease may be difficult to spot. Because gum disease is generally painless, you need to be on the lookout for possible signs of periodontal disease. If when you floss or brush as normal, your gums are quick to bleed, this could be a symptom of gum disease.

Stages of Periodontal Disease…


In this stage, you will notice your gums bleeding easily from flossing and brushing. Your gum tissue is inflamed as a result of the bacteria in the plaque. In the early stages, this is a very treatable disease. You have not lost any gum tissue.


This stage is much more serious.   Not all gingivitis will progress to periodontitis, but it certainly can happen without preventative dental treatments.   When periodontitis happens, your gums become infected, leading to bleeding gums, pus pockets and your gums recede; leading ultimately to loose teeth that may fall out or need to be pulled by your dentist.

Periodontal Treatments

Nearly half of all Americans today, suffer from periodontal/ gum disease. Science suggests that the bacteria at the root of periodontal disease can be linked to heart disease, diabetes and stroke. The good news is that there are periodontal treatments that your dentist can provide. Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the gum disease. Listed below are a few treatment options that Dr. Privette & Associates can offer in their Cary, NC office.

Non-surgical deep cleaning/ root planing/ scaling: involves getting deep into the gum pockets to eradicate bacteria. During this deep cleaning local anesthetic may be used to ensure your complete comfort through this periodontal treatment. The tartar is gently scaled away from your teeth. Stains and mineral deposits are removed. Plaque is eliminated as the dentist targets the affected tissue, by scaling the root of the tooth. Prescribing of an antibiotic to fight the bacteria at the source of your periodontal disease. If this is the chosen treatment, an antibiotic would be placed inside the gum pockets, at the site of the infection.

As noted above, thorough gum cleanings and periodontal treatments are an important step in healing your periodontal disease.

However, severe gum disease may necessitate surgical treatments and you would be referred by our office to a periodontist.

Please call today to make your appointment and prevent or prevent the progression of gum disease.



Dr Carlos Privette & Associates

970 Northwoods Drive
Cary, NC 27513 United States

Phone: (919) 465-0799
Fax: 919-465-0797


Mon. 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Tues. 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed. 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thur. 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri. 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed Sat. & Sun.