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Gum disease (or periodontal disease)

Periodontal disease is extremely common, affecting nearly half of the U.S. adult population. Recent studies have demonstrated the relationship between periodontal disease and many systemic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimers and more. Treating periodontal disease will not only result in a healthy mouth preserving your teeth but will benefit your overall health.

Read our infographic to learn more about the dangers of gum disease and the impact it has on your overall health.

How Our Innovative Treatments Can Help

In our offices, we offer treatments for all stages of periodontal disease:

  • Non-surgical therapy (scaling and root planing)
  • Osseous Surgery
  • Gingivectomy
  • Bone Grafting
  • Guided tissue regeneration
  • Soft tissue grafting
  • Periodontal Maintenance
  • Antimicrobial Therapy

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease starts with the accumulation of plaque and calculus on the root surface. If not removed this causes gingivitis which manifests itself with bleeding and swollen gums. There is no bone loss associated with gingivitis. This stage is reversible and treatment usually consists of non-surgical therapy, periodic cleanings (maintenance therapy) and good oral hygiene.

If not treated the plaque and calculus continues to progress down the root surface and bone loss occurs. This stage of disease is not reversible and treatment ranges from non-surgical therapy to surgical intervention with possible regeneration of lost tissue.

Certain factors can exacerbate the manifestations of periodontal disease. The most common factors are:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Certain medications
  • Trauma from occlusion
  • Pregnancy

Common Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

Many patients are unaware that they may be experiencing symptoms of Periodontal disease. These early warning signs of gum disease are often missed, but they are important indicators that you will need periodontal treatment:

  • Red, swollen, bleeding or receding gums
  • Bad Breath
  • Plaque and calculus present
  • Loose teeth

Contact us to schedule an appointment for Periodontal evaluation and treatment now.

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