PERIODONTAL (GUM) DISEASE AND THERAPY

Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. Your gum tissue is not attached to the teeth as high as it may seem. Periodontal diseases attack just below the gum line, where they cause the attachment of the tooth and its supporting tissues to break down.

Periodontal diseases are classified according to the severity of the disease. The two major stages are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a milder and reversible form of periodontal disease that only affects the gums. Gingivitis may lead to more serious, destructive forms of periodontal disease called periodontitis, where permanent bone loss can occur.

Factors that will increase the risk of developing periodontal disease:
* Tobacco smoking or chewing
* Diabetes
* Some types of medication such as steroids, some cancer therapy drugs
* Bridges that no longer fit properly
* Crooked teeth
* Fillings that have become defective
* Pregnancy or use of oral contraceptives

Warning signs :
* Gums that bleed easily
* Red, swollen, bleeding and tender gums
* Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
* Persistent bad breath or bad taste
* Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
* Change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
* Change in the fit of partial dentures

PERIODONTAL TREATMENT

Periodontal treatment starts with prevention: regular cleanings and good hygiene habits are excellent precautions to take to avoid gum disease. The main cause of periodontal disease is bacteria in the form of a sticky, colorless plaque that constantly forms on your teeth; however, other factors can cause the disease or influence its progression.

In some cases, surgical therapy or cosmetic solutions may be necessary to correct the damage from gum disease physically and cosmetically. Lack of early treatment and strict home care can lead to permanent bone loss, periodontal disease, and eventually tooth loss.

We recommend a 3 phase therapy plan to prevent this progressive disease and help bring your gums back to a normal, healthy state.

Periodontal Therapy phase 1
Full mouth periodontal Scaling, root planning followed by cleaning an polishing

Periodontal Therapy phase 2
Re-evaluation of periodontal pockets & gums followed by 2nd cleaning and polishing

Periodontal Therapy phase 3
One month after the second visit , re-evaluation of tissue followed by cleaning and polishing

3 month maintenance thereafter, is an absolute necessity

Our professional efforts will not work alone. We need your commitment to ensure the success of this treatment. Without proper treatment and maintenance the condition will reoccur or worsen. Periodontal disease cannot be cured, it can only be controlled and the progression stopped.Once we stabilize and improve your dental health we are able to focus on the aesthetic, or cosmetic dentistry.