Patrick H. Stephens, DMD
7 Carl-Midway Church Road • Auburn, Georgia 30011 • Phone: 770.867.6144  


gum disease

Periodontal Therapy

Did You Know? - An estimated 75% of Americans have some form of Periodontal Disease*

Periodontal Disease (formerly known as Pyorrhea) is a progressive disease that begins when bacteria penetrate and grow beneath the gums. As the disease spreads, gum tissue and eventually bone become infected and are destroyed. If left untreated, periodontal disease can break down enough bone and gum tissue to cause teeth in the affected area to become loose and eventually fall out.

Periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults*.
(*American Dental Hygienists' Association, 2010)

Common signs of periodontal disease are bleeding and swollen gums, persistent bad breath, and gum recession.

  • In most cases, periodontal disease does not hurt.
  • At your dental checkup, we will measure the space between your teeth and gums. Combined with diagnostic dental xrays, this process will help reveal any abnormal "pockets" - an indication of areas of gum disease in need of treatment.
  • Stress, smoking and poor nutrition can be contributing factors to gum disease.
  • Research indicates that the types of bacteria that cause periodontal disease are linked to increased risk of heart disease, stroke and pre-term low birth weight.
  • Inflammation related to periodontal disease can also contribute to complications in diabetic patients.

Treatment of Periodontal Disease

  • If detected early, periodontal disease can often be treated in our office with nonsurgical therapy supported by effective home care.
  • We sometimes work with a gum specialist, or Periodontist to maintain an assertive approach to this detrimental disease.

If you believe you or a loved one have symptoms of gum disease, early detection and treatment can help protect your teeth (and your budget). Contact Us to schedule a complete dental examination and periodontal health assessment – you’ll be glad you did!


Patrick Stephens, D.M.D. is a general dentist practice located in Auburn, Georgia. Dr. Stephens provides preventive, cosmetic and
restorative dental care to families in Auburn, Winder and surrounding Barrow and Gwinnett county communities.

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