Periodontal Treatments and Procedures
What is periodontal disease?
If your gums become infected with bacteria and that infection spreads, it can destroy your teeth. The structures that support the teeth’s connection to the jawbone deteriorate to the point where your teeth become so loose, they must be extracted.
The supporting structures affected by periodontal disease include the gums, cementum that covers the root, the alveolar bone, and periodontal ligament. In the earliest stages of the disease, only your gums are affected. As the disease goes untreated, it can affect all of these structures.
What are other effects of periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect your teeth. It may also play a role in aggravating health conditions in the rest of your body. These include:
- Heart disease and stroke
- Respiratory disease
- Premature births
What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
Don’t miss the signs of gum disease:
- Red, swollen, or inflamed gums
- Bleeding when you floss or brush
- Gums that are receding or pulling away from teeth
- Change in bite
- Loose teeth
- Mouth sores
- Chronic bad breath or a metallic taste in mouth
Why do I have periodontal disease?
Dental plaque forming on your teeth carry bacteria. If your at-home dental hygiene habits fail to get rid of this bacteria, it can irritate your gums and lead to infection.
Bleeding while brushing or flossing or swollen gums indicates you have gingivitis, the earliest stage of periodontal disease. It’s imperative that you amp up your oral hygiene care and visit Dr. Nguyen for a thorough cleaning if you experience those symptoms.
You can benefit from Periodontal Treatments and Procedures once every six months but may need them more often if you have gingivitis or a further progression of periodontal disease.
How is periodontal disease treated?
Dr. Nguyen treats periodontal disease by getting at the infection that’s crept underneath the gum line. If caught early enough, he can reverse it. Once bacteria has reached this point, even good at-home oral hygiene practices can’t reach it.
If you have advanced periodontitis, they use a state-of-the-art laser made by Biolase to reach plaque and bacteria below the gum line. It’s a minimally invasive way to remove inflamed tissue and plaque deposits while preparing the pocket and surface of the tooth for healing.