Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a silent disease in dentistry that often does not present with pain until it is very late. Usually slowly over time bone is lost around teeth, this progressive bone loss is called periodontal disease.

What causes periodontal disease?

Certain types of bacteria in the mouth will cause periodontal disease. Habits such as smoking or chewing will make the progression worse. No vaping or e-cigarettes are not a healthy alternative, the nicotine in the products will continue to slow the bodies natural healing.

What is the treatment for periodontal disease?

Most of the time periodontal disease is treated with scaling and root planing also referred to as deep cleaning. The area is numbed up and then any calculus, plaque, and build up is removed from the area. The gum tissue will be sore for a couple of days afterwards but after a week or two the gums will feel overall much healthier. Occasionally when the periodontal disease has progressed further than a more aggressive approach is taken to curb the periodontal disease.

What is the long term prognosis of periodontal disease?

Long term periodontal disease left untreated will lead to tooth loss from lack of bony support. With treatment periodontal disease progression will be arrested and the bone will be maintained. Unfortunately there is not a good way to get lost bone back but we can prevent further bone loss from periodontal disease.

 

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