Comprehensive Treatment for Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is more common than you might think, it is estimated that more than half of adults over the age of 30 have the disease in some form. Because it is not usually detected until it has reached advanced stages, many people may have this disease without even knowing it. Periodontal disease is serious - It is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and new research is exploring possible links between gum disease and diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other serious ailments.
The good news is that gum disease is preventable and treatable! If caught early, it can be reversed. Regular dental checkups are critical to the prevention and detection of periodontal disease.
Periodontal or gum disease is caused by a buildup of bacteria at the gumline. This bacteria, called plaque, eventually hardens into tartar. When the tartar is not removed, it can lead to an infection that may eventually break down the gum tissue and spread to the underlying bone.
In extreme cases, teeth can loosen and fall out. Bacteria can also enter the bloodstream through the gums and lead to other serious health problems.
Good oral hygiene can help prevent gum disease, but regular dental check-ups are essential to early detection, especially in those with a family history of the disease.
A bone graft is used to recreate bone and soft supporting tissues lost due to gum disease. The goal of this surgery is to coax the body into rebuilding the bone and other structures that attach a tooth to the jaw.
After the graft is in place, the gums will be put back over the treated site and stitched into place. The site also may be covered with a bandage known as a periodontal dressing. During the next six to nine months, your body fills in the area with new bone and soft tissue. In effect, this reattaches the tooth to your jaw.
We offer the latest treatments for periodontal disease, but we always stress the importance of prevention. To ensure the health of your gums, contact our office for an appointment and be sure to make brushing and flossing part of your oral health care routine.