Treatment of Periodontal Disease
Did you know that approximately three out of four people suffer from some form of periodontal or gum disease? While it can usually be reversed in its earliest stages by brushing and flossing regularly, it can pose a serious threat to your health if allowed to spread. Gum disease has been linked to everything from heart disease to diabetes to respiratory ailments to premature births. The initial symptoms are so mild, you may not even be aware you have a problem at first. That’s why it’s absolutely crucial to have your gums examined by a dental professional at least once a year. Without prompt detection and proper treatment, your gums can become dangerously swollen and irritated. The infection can spread to the bone supporting the teeth; in severe cases, it can even lead to tooth loss.
If you are diagnosed with gum disease, our periodontists will sit down with you to discuss treatment options. In its mildest form, known as gingivitis, the disease has not progressed past the gums and is usually reversible. We may be able to remove excess plaque and tartar deposits from the top of your teeth down to the roots through scaling and root planning. If conditions have deteriorated to the point where periodontitis has set in and the tissue and bone supporting the teeth have become perilously weakened, surgery may be required.