In its early stages, gum disease shows very few symptoms. You may not even notice bleeding gums or a bad taste in your mouth. These symptoms can quickly progress, eventually leading to advanced-stage gum disease, which is a chronic bacterial infection that causes gum and bone loss. Regular dental visits and meticulous home hygiene practices can arrest and reverse the earliest stages of gum disease.
It’s a known fact that periodontitis (gum disease) is the primary cause of adult tooth loss. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that triggers our body’s immune system to create inflammatory cells that destroy the supporting bone around your teeth. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss.
In addition to the reducing your risk of tooth loss, your dental professionals are also concerned with the inflammatory aspect of periodontitis. For over a decade medical and dental professionals have been aware of the systemic risks associated with inflammation. Some research shows connections between oral infections and systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, pulmonary infections, diabetic conditions and pregnancy complications. These include:
- Heart Disease
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Low Birth Weights
- Respiratory Illness
Because gum disease causes an auto-immune response and chronic inflammation, it can trigger secondary illnesses in patients with compromised oral health. The mouth is truly a window to your overall health!
If periodontal disease is diagnosed early, non-surgical therapy may be the only treatment necessary. The treatment involves the removal of plaque and calculus from the root structure. This therapy is performed over a series of appointments for maximum effectiveness. The goal of the initial treatment is to reduce the depth of the pockets around affected teeth and control the bacteria and inflammation associated with periodontal disease. While surgery may still be indicated for severely advanced periodontal cases.
Scaling and Root Planning/Periodontal Debridement is procedure that removes tooth adherent plaque and calculus from below the gum line while smoothing the surface of the roots.
Potential benefits of our comprehensive approach to non-surgical periodontal therapy:
- Reduction of bacteria within the infected gum tissue
- Reduction in bacteria entering the blood stream
- Reduced risk of cross contamination
- Decreased risk of bone loss that may affect the longevity of your teeth
- Improved aesthetics by preserving your natural bone and gum tissue
- Improved overall health
- Improved quality of life by improving the function of your teeth