Periodontal (gum) disease, which is also known as periodontal disease and periodontitis, is a progressive disease which if left untreated may result in tooth loss.
Periodontists specialize in the treatment of gum disease and the placement of dental implants. A periodontist can perform effective cleaning procedures in deep pockets such as scaling and root planing, and also prescribe antibiotic and antifungal medications to treat infection and halt the progression of the disease.
In the case of tooth loss, the periodontist is able to perform tissue grafts to promote natural tissue regeneration, and insert dental implants if a tooth or several teeth are missing. Where gum recession causes a “toothy” looking smile, the periodontist can recontour the gingival tissue to create an even and aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Preventing periodontal disease is critical in preserving the natural dentition. Addressing the causes of gum disease and discussing them with your dentist will help prevent the onset, progression, and recurrence of periodontal disease.
A technologically advanced gel is gently placed into the gum pockets affected by periodontal disease and then a special laser is used to activate the gel to release oxygen radicals. The gel bonds to the surfaces of bacteria which contribute to the disease process and when the oxygen radicals are released this kills the bacteria.
The treatment is quick and painless and studies suggest an improved response when combined with traditional treatments compared to the traditional treatments alone.
• Poor dental hygiene
• Tobacco use
• Genetic predisposition
• Pregnancy and menopause
• Chronic stress and poor diet
• Diabetes and underlying medical issues