Periodontal Disease

Gum Disease

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth, and frequently leads to tooth loss.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, half of American adults have periodontitis, which is a more advanced form of gum disease.  Recent research has shown an association between periodontal disease and diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and even some cancers.  The more we learn, the more critical it becomes to treat and control periodontal disease.

Treating Patients with Gum Disease

There are many non-surgical methods utilized to reduce or eliminate the inflammation that is present.  The first step is often scaling and root planing-a thorough cleaning of the crowns and roots of the teeth to remove calculus (tartar) and smooth the root surfaces to remove bacterial toxins.  This may be followed with placement of antimicrobials in the gum pockets or the use of systemic medications.   Following initial therapy, it is critical to have regular periodontal maintenance appointments to help any health improvements achieved.  In some situations, we do not see the needed improvements, and referral to a periodontist  for further evaluation and treatment may be indicated.

Comprehensive Periodontal Examinations to Help Maintain Healthy Gums

Our hygienists routinely perform complete periodontal examinations .  The information gathered is utilized to develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Please contact us If you have any questions about periodontal disease or if you would like to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive evaluation.