Gum Disease
Treatment

Gum Disease is also known
as periodontal disease

You Have Gum Disease

Your dentist has told you that you have gum disease. Or maybe he’s used one of the proper terms for the three stages of gum disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, or advanced periodontitis.
Whatever your situation, you have a condition that has led to or could lead to bone loss. This impacts the stability of your teeth. You could lose teeth and have significant problems with your jaw.

Embarrassing Smile, Bad Breath, Pain, Heart Disease, Diabetes

If left untreated, the results of gum disease can be an embarrassing smile and bad breath. Gum disease can be painful and cause other health problems including heart disease and diabetes. The longer you wait to get it treated, the more damage can be done and the more expensive it gets.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is inflamed gum tissue that damages the bone that supports your teeth, eventually causing bone loss and destroying the supporting structures of your teeth.
Gum disease isn’t always a painful condition. This makes it important to be aware of these other symptoms that can indicate gum disease:

  • Gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing
  • Gums that are red, swollen or tender
  • Gums that are moving away from the tooth
  • A regular problem with bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • The way your teeth come together has changed
  • Teeth that are loose
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • How your partial dentures fit has changed
  • Pus around the teeth and gums
  • Pain (sharp or dull) when eating
  • Gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing
  • Gums that are red, swollen or tender
  • Gums that are moving away from the tooth
  • A regular problem with bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • The way your teeth come together has changed
  • Teeth that are loose
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • How your partial dentures fit has changed
  • Pus around the teeth and gums
  • Pain (sharp or dull) when eating

There is Hope

You could be feeling embarrassed about the status of your mouth. We understand. Many of our other gum disease patients have felt the same way. But when they came to our office, here’s what they found. Clagett Periodontics wasn’t here to shame them or belittle them.

Dr. Clagett is here to solve your gum disease in Elizabethtown, KY and to treat your gum disease. He is here to find the best solution for you so that you can get the natural smile you want.

We have helped thousands of patients.
We can help you too.

Testimonials

His staff is very friendly and professional!

Dr. Clagett is very thorough and took his time explaining each step of the periodontics process. His staff is very friendly and professional.

– Teresa M.

Thanks to Everyone!

It was a very pleasant experience. The office and exam rooms were extremely clean and all the staff was friendly and efficient. Dr Clagett is an excellent surgeon and took the time to explain everything, to include my options. Thanks to everyone!!!!

– James W.

How It Works

Initial Visit

We perform a thorough examination your mouth. We explain your situation, answer all your questions and we provide information on every step of the treatment and discuss options. We will help you determine the best solution for you based on your diagnosis and what you want.

Selected Treatment

Based your informed decision, Dr. Clagett and his team perform the procedure that you’ve selected to best address your situation.

periodontal Maintenance and Follow Ups

We help you understand how to best care for your mouth at home. You come in for regular checkups to make sure everything is progressing as it should.

The Gum Disease Expert

Dr. Clagett is a periodontist – a specialist in treating gum disease – in Elizabethtown, KY. He has received an advanced dental degree with a primary focus on gum disease. He has worked on thousands of patients and continues to invest significant time in ongoing education on the latest treatments of gum disease.

Here are some of the main methods that Dr. Clagett
and his team use in addressing gum disease:

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Non-Surgical Gum Treatment

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical gum treatment that cleans the teeth down to the roots as well as between the gums. This is one of the most common and effective ways of dealing with early stage gum disease.

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Laser Treatment (LANAP)

Laser treatment is a surgical procedure that is an alternative to traditional gum surgery in which a scalpel and sutures are used. Some of the advantages of laser treatment include less pain and faster healing time. LANAP is not the best procedure for every case. Dr. Clagett will determine if it’s the best treatment for your diagnosis.

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Pocket Reduction Surgery

Your gum tissue is folded back. Dr. Clagett then removes the disease-causing bacteria and secures the tissue back in place.

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Regenerative Surgery

This is for cases of advanced gum disease, where there has been bone loss. In the regenerative surgery process, the bone is regenerated to help support your teeth and reverse the damage caused by gum disease.

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Guided Tissue Regeneration

In the Guided Tissue Regeneration technique, a specialized membrane is placed between the gum and the jaw bone which helps stimulate bone growth where bone loss has occurred.

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Preventive Maintenance

Dr. Clagett wants your mouth to be as healthy as possible. He and his team will outline how best you can care for your mouth and how they can help support you with regular oral maintenance visits.

About Dr. Clagett

Dr. Clagett graduated with his doctorate in dentistry in 2003 and completed his specialty certificate in Periodontics and Implant dentistry in 2006. He is consistently involved in education and training in periodontics. He is also an instructor in continuing education courses locally, nationally, and internationally.

Dr. Clagett believes that every patient has the right to be aware of their full dental condition. He believes each patient deserves to have all available treatment options presented, with the pros and cons of each treatment. These options are presented without any regard for the limitations of dental insurance and without any preconceived notion of what the patient may or may not accept.

He strongly believes that as a specialist he needs to continue to keep himself updated with the latest techniques, so that he can provide the best options to his patients. He and his team find great satisfaction in knowing that they change how people feel about themselves every day.

Getting Started

If you have gum disease, we can help you
deal with it before it gets worse.