Periodontal dentistry prevents the progression of inflammatory periodontal disease. Periodontal diseases are infections in the surrounding structures of the teeth. Usually indicated by bleeding gums, if left untreated, the resulting infection causes inflammation of the gums, loss of bone around the teeth, and other serious illnesses. This is why it’s necessary to treat periodontal disease as soon as possible.
What causes periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in your plaque. Your body’s attempt to eliminate the bacteria causes inflammation, and the destruction of the gums. This can lead to swollen or bleeding gums, and advance to a more serious condition called periodontitis.
What is periodontitis?
Periodontitis is a collection of inflammatory diseases which affect the tooth’s surrounding and supporting tissues. It is one of the most common human diseases. Bone supporting the tooth is lost, and eventually, the tooth itself. The resulting loss of teeth has tremendous negative consequences on the overall health of a person. There is no cure for periodontitis.
Fortunately, periodontitis is preventable through oral hygiene. With regular oral checkups, we can keep this disease at bay.
Because of the serious effects periodontal disease can have on a person’s well-being and health, we take great care to prevent it from happening. Our approach to dealing with this disease is to take note of your oral hygiene, create an oral hygiene program for you to follow, and teach you how to fight this disease while maintaining oral health at home. Some technologies we may use include lasers which kill bacteria in gums or Arestin® therapy.
Our dental practice offers the following Periodontal dental services:
- Scaling & Root Planning
- Ultrasonic Cleaning
- Pocket Reduction
- Soft Tissue Grafts
- Crown Lengthening
- Perio Maintenance
To learn more about our Periodontal Services please give us a call at 408.227.1404 or email us to schedule your consultation.