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Periodontal Disease

Periodontial Disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults

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Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. It begins when the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth) causes the gums to become inflamed.

The Stages of Periodontal Disease

 

Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease.

It causes the gums to become red, swollen, and bleed

easily. There is usually little or no discomfort at this

stage. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral

hygiene. Gingivitis is reversible with professional

treatment and good oral home care. Untreated gingivitis

can advance to periodontitis. With time, plaque can

spread and grow below the gum line. Toxins produced

by the bacteria in plaque irritate the gums. The toxins

stimulate a chronic inflammatory response in which the

body in essence turns on itself, and the tissues and bone

that support the teeth are broken down and destroyed.

Gums separate from the teeth, forming pockets

(spaces between the teeth and gums) that become

infected. As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen

and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. Often,

this destructive process has very mild symptoms.

Eventually, teeth can become loose and may have to

be removed.

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Scaling and Root Planing (SRP)

Gum Therapy Treatment

 

Scaling and root planing is a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus [tartar] from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins. Non-surgical periodontal treatment does have its limitations, the majority of patients will require ongoing maintenance therapy to sustain health. If you do not achieve periodontal health, surgery may be indicated to restore periodontal health.Scaling and root planing is a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus [tartar] from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins. Non-surgical periodontal treatment does have its limitations, the majority of patients will require ongoing maintenance therapy to sustain health. If you do not achieve periodontal health, surgery may be indicated to restore periodontal health.