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Periodontal (Gum) Disease

What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?

Periodontal disease, most often known as gum disease, occurs when bacteria is allowed to infect and damage the gums and underlying bone. This typically occurs because of poor dental hygiene habits and avoiding going for regular dental cleanings. There are three stages of periodontal disease: gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. Different treatment is available at each stage and it is our job to help treat the condition and prevent progression of the disease.

What causes Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
Most often, gum disease is caused by poor dental hygiene habits. Forgoing routine brushing and not flossing your teeth can contribute to plaque hardening and affecting the sensitive gum tissue. Over time, this bacteria creates small pockets around the teeth, allowing bacteria, plaque and germs to essentially get stuck in this area. As this buildup is allowed to stay in the gum pockets, it infects the tissue and supporting bone. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and has even been linked to heart disease and type II diabetes.
What treatments are available for Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
For less advanced periodontal disease, we recommend non-surgical techniques. This involves a scaling and root planing that helps to clean out the gum pockets around the affected teeth. Other procedures that we offer involve guided tissue regeneration, LANAP laser treatment and pocket reduction. Our goal is to both put a stop to the bacterial infection and prevent the progression of periodontal disease.

What can you expect with treatment for Periodontal (Gum) Disease?

Whether you have been referred to our office or are coming directly to us, you’ll first meet with our doctors for an exam and consultation. This allows us to determine the best type of treatment for your dental and oral health. Each patient is unique in what they both need and want for their smile. Some of our patients come into our office for cosmetic procedures while others require routine periodontal care for advanced gum disease. Our mission is to provide this care and treatment to you in a way that is both comfortable and convenient no matter what work is necessary.

If you’re interested in coming into our office for an exam and consultation, call us today and our helpful staff members can further assist in scheduling an appointment for you.