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Dr. Kennedy Periodontics involves diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. Dentists refer patients to a periodontist for the treatment of advanced gum disease, or for complications resulting from gum disease, such as lost bone and gum tissue. Periodontal disease strikes at an area just below the gum line called the sulcus. Without proper cleaning plaque and tartar build up in the mouth and collect at the sulcus which is called calculus and causes the gums to move away from the teeth forming pockets in the mouth. These pockets fill with even more plaque and this shift can loosen teeth and damage bone. In advanced stages of gum disease, the periodontist intervenes and clears out the pockets, shrinks them, polishes the root surfaces and rearranges the gum tissue into a more maintainable form. Periodontistry requires an extra two to three years of specialization after dental school.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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