Extensive studies confirm that most adults have some areas of gum disease. We see this in our practice as well. Left untreated, even minor gum disease can progress painlessly to create areas of significant bone loss or tooth loss. Gum disease is linked to other systemic problems including heart disease, diabetes and pregnancy problems. New conservative treatment methods can reverse this process.
What is gum disease and do I have it?
Gum disease (periodontal disease) occurs when areas around a tooth are not cleaned properly and the gum attachment to the tooth deteriorates. The underlying bone begins to recede and support for the tooth diminishes. If you have areas with gum disease, it can normally be measured by using calibrated probes around the teeth. This is part of our examination process in regular examination and dental hygiene appointments.
How is this gum disease treated?
While we work closely with local periodontists, early phases of gum disease respond well to thorough cleaning procedures often combined with regimens such as antibiotic mouthrinses, herbal mouthrinses, antibiotic pellets or low-dose systemic antibiotics.
What is the benefit of conservative gum therapy?
If you have an early phase of periodontal disease, conservative treatment can reverse the disease. This will help assure maintenance of your teeth and is much less expensive than invasive treatment.