Periodontal disease is the result of infection that has invaded healthy gum tissue. It presents in stages beginning with gingivitis and without intervention graduating to advanced levels of periodontitis.
Gingivitis is typically easy to deal with. A professional cleaning and a program of good oral home health care will usually be enough to prevent any irreversible damage. The same cannot be said for stages two and three periodontal disease. At this point a patient will begin to experience increased bleeding after brushing or flossing, redness of the gums and unexplained bad breath due to the infection spreading underneath the gumline.
Treatment will consist of a deep cleaning to remove the built up plaque and tartar that is contributing to the periodontitis. Symptoms to look for may include a shift in the position of some teeth, receding gums and more bleeding. Bone loss will have begun by now and will continue to progress if not seen to. Advanced periodontitis may require surgery in order to save the teeth.
Our doctors stress the importance of regular dental checkups and scheduled cleanings to prevent and check the progression of gum disease. Other methods of protection will be discussed as a part of your appointment at Aurora Family Dentistry.
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Periodontal laser dentistry can eliminate the patient anxiety that can be brought on by the thought of facing a time consuming and possibly uncomfortable series of treatments. Consequential bleeding and swelling is all but eliminated with laser therapy and the healing time is minimal.
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