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Family, Orthodontic & Implant Dentistry

SEVEN HILLS DENTAL

Family, Orthodontic & Implant Dentistry

What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?


The term “periodontal” means "around the tooth."

Periodontitis is a common inflammatory condition that affects supporting and surrounding soft tissues near your teeth, eventually leading to damage in jawbone.

The bacteria that cause gum disease thrive in warm, wet environments. People with weak teeth and gums are more susceptible to this type of infection because their bodies cannot fight back against the attack as effectively on its own terms - but you can help preventative measures! Be sure not only brush twice per day (or at least close), floss once every other day if possible along with visiting your dentist for professional check-ups often enough so they will know how best work around any problems before they become serious issues down the road like tooth loss or shifting jawshe could be experiencing now without treatment

The leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the developed world is periodontal disease, and it should always be promptly treated.

Types of Periodontal Disease

Gingivitis is a condition that can affect the gums and teeth. When left untreated, it may spread to below the gum line causing more damage where there are few or no symptoms because periodontal disease causes bone destruction in addition with soft tissue breakdown. Deepening pockets between your gums (between them) plus around each tooth generally indicate you have ongoing inflammation due this oral health issue - don't ignore it!

Here are some of the most common types of periodontal disease:

  • Chronic periodontitis Inflammation causes deep pockets and gum recession. This may appear to be the teeth lengthening, but in actuality it's because gums are receding away from each other with time! Prolonged inflammation will lead you an exitment of one’s dentition (teeth).
  • Aggressive periodontitis This form of gum disease can occur in otherwise clinically healthy individuals. Rapid loss of attachment, chronic bone destruction and familial aggregation are all symptoms associated with it!
  • Necrotizing periodontitis – This form of periodontal disease most often occurs in individuals suffering from systemic conditions such as HIV, immunosuppression and malnutrition. Necrosis (tissue death) can occur to the alveolar bone or gingival tissues which results in tooth loss
  • Periodontitis caused by systemic disease – Gum disease often begins at an early age. Cofactors such as respiratory diseases, diabetes and heart trouble are quite common in those who suffer from this type of oral hygiene issue.

Treatment for Periodontal Disease

There are many surgical and nonsurgical treatments the periodontist may choose to perform, depending upon what condition is present. A complete exam of one's mouth will be done before any treatment or recommendation can take place so as not leave anything up for interpretation later down the line if it turns out poorly.

Here are some of the more common treatments for periodontal disease:

  • Scaling and root planing – In order to preserve the health of your gums, doctors will clean out any bacteria and calculus that have caused an infection. They may also prescribe antibiotic mouthwash as needed for further treatment during this process.
  • Tissue regeneration – Bone and gum tissues can be regenerated using grafting procedures to encourage regrowth. To do this, the membrane of an artificial scaffold may enter into damaged areas for support while new bone grows around it over time.
  • Pocket elimination surgery – Pocket elimination surgery (also known as flap surgery) is a surgical treatment which can be performed to reduce the size of pockets between teeth and gums. One option for this type of procedure involves removing parts from your jawbone so you don't have any more indentations in it, which foster colonization with bacteria...
  • Dental implants – When teeth have been lost due to periodontal disease, the aesthetics and functionality of your mouth can be restored by implanting prosthetic teeth into what was once jawbone. Tissue regeneration procedures may be required prior .The output should not only show this information but also include some input on how it works so that people are more inclined towards learning about these implants when they hear about them.