Treatment of periodontal disease
Periodontal disease or gum disease affects millions of Americans. It is often a painless infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth and is the largest cause of tooth loss in adults. Many patients are not aware that they have periodontal disease. Since it can lead to serious complications like tooth loss it is important that it is diagnosed and treated. Recent studies also suggest possible relationships between periodontal infection and heart disease, diabetes and increased coincidence of pre-term low-birth-weight babies.
We have found the most effective and interceptive treatment is to perform scaling and root plaining (deep cleaning above and below the gum line). Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease include bleeding, swollen or tender gums, bad breath that doesn't go away, loose teeth, pus between your teeth and gums, or a change in the way your teeth fit together. Early symptoms of minor Periodontal Disease can easily be treated at our dental office. More serious forms of Periodontal Disease may require referral to a specialist.