Dental services - periodontal disease

While seldom painful and frequently free of any obvious signs or symptoms, periodontal disease can progress, undetected, to the point where supporting bone is destroyed. Periodontal disease can start in the teenage years as gingivitis (inflamed gums) and advance to periodontitis (loss of bone and tooth attachment) ultimately resulting in tooth loss. Periodontal therapy, in our office, includes treatment such as scaling (deep cleaning), placement of local antibiotics (Arestin) directly into the affected area and then frequent follow-up and reinforcement of home-care. If the disease process is severe, referral to a periodontist (gum specialist) is highly recommended. While periodontal disease is caused by plaque, a number of other factors including poorly fitting bridges, badly aligned teeth and defective fillings contribute to the development of this condition.

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