This may be indicated for those patients who have severe bone loss (also known as periodontal disease) and wish to establish a state of health for their gums. If left untreated, bone loss will progress and you may eventually lose your teeth. Oftentimes, when a patient appears “long in the tooth,” periodontal disease may be a contributing factor. During this visit, you will usually receive anesthetic by Dr. Ledford and the dental hygienist will then proceed to remove tartar above and below the gums. Below are some pictures of patients who have received these deep cleanings.