Dr. John Woell | Dr. Elizabeth Woell Rhode | Dr. Matthew Stark |  Dr. Amanda Steffes

1717 East 66th Street, Richfield, MN 55423


Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, is a prevalent bacterial infection affecting the gums and supporting tissues around your teeth. Often stemming from the accumulation of plaque and tartar due to irregular brushing and flossing, it is a common oral health issue. Several risk factors, such as tobacco and alcohol use, systemic diseases, genetic predisposition, and pregnancy, can elevate the likelihood of developing gum disease. Additionally, certain prescription medications may also contribute to this risk.

Our office offers specialized periodontal therapy known as scaling and root planing, administered by our skilled hygienists. Typically, you’ll have two appointments, with each session focusing on treating two quadrants of your mouth. During these visits, our team meticulously removes dental plaque, calculus, and bacteria from above and below the gum line. To ensure your comfort during the procedure, local anesthetic is administered. Following scaling and root planing, we may recommend specific medications or rinses for optimal results.

Following the completion of therapy, we schedule a re-evaluation in 4-6 weeks. During this visit, we assess the condition of your gum tissues and measure pocket depths. Ideally, we anticipate observing positive improvements in gum health and overall oral care practices. At this juncture, we also determine a suitable interval for your periodontal maintenance appointments. As individual circumstances may vary, our hygienists and dentist collaborate with you to chart the most effective course of action for your ongoing periodontal care.