Periodontal TherapyAn Overview
Gum disease is a prevalent oral health epidemic. Caused by a bacterial infection of the gums, periodontal disease can often be avoided with improved oral hygiene and routine visits to the dentist office. Left untreated, gum disease can progress and result in additional dental health concerns.
Bacteria forms in the plaque build up on the surface of the teeth. Bacteria multiply and spread forming deep periodontal pockets in the gumline. Bacteria cause your gums to swell, and eventually, gums may begin to recede.
Poorly fit dental restorations, missing teeth, broken or ill fit dental fillings, and crooked teeth all increase a patients risk of developing gum disease.
Patients with gum disease are more likely to experience a decline in their oral wellness and their systemic health. Late stage gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of serious medical conditions and poor health.
Gum disease increases the risk of:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Heart Attack & Strokes
- Loss of Jaw Bone
- Facial sagging
- Missing teeth
- Tooth loss
“Gingivitis or periodontal disease can become quite a problem for your teeth, and health. Our periodontic practice is expert at helping patients. If you see symptoms of bleeding gums, halitosis (bad breath), loose teeth or gum recession, please let us help get your mouth healthy again.”
—Dr. Vijay Patel
Preventative Dentistry and Gum Disease
It is important to visit the dentist at least twice a year for a routine oral health exam. These regularly scheduled dental exams give your Claremont Dental Institute dentist the opportunity to catch any developing dental health concerns early on to allow for proactive treatment options.
For patients with advanced stages of gum disease, known as periodontitis, you may see our in-house periodontist. Periodontists have 3 years of advanced specialized training in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease. Periodontists offer advanced treatment options to address the damage caused to the soft tissue, teeth, and jaw as a result of periodontitis.
Your Claremont, CA periodontist will evaluate your oral health, gums, teeth, and jaw in order to build a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique dental health.