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Periodontal Disease Treatment

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is, unfortunately, more common than most would expect. Over 75% of all Americans are afflicted with periodontal disease, and many are completely unaware.

Periodontal treatments are dependent on the type and severity of the gum disease. If diagnosed and treated early enough, simple periodontal therapy may be enough, but if periodontitis has advanced to the stages where the structure supporting the teeth has been affected, periodontal surgery may be necessary.

A proper oral hygiene plan at home is vital to preventing periodontal disease from becoming a serious recurring issue. Home care alone, however, is not usually enough to control bacterial infections that occur below the gum line where a toothbrush, floss, or other oral hygienic care products are unable to reach. Once bacteria has propagated beneath the gum line, specialized instruments used in periodontal cleaning are needed for their removal.

 

Periodontal Disease Treatment
Periodontal Disease Treatment

The Stages of Teeth Infections

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection affecting the gums and bone supporting the teeth. During a routine cleaning, Dr. de Cardenas examines his patients’ gums, feeling the depth of the tissue at the edge of the gum line. Healthy gums hug the teeth tightly, have a healthy pink color, and do not bleed when you brush your teeth. There are 4 stages of gum disease:

1) Gingivitis:

•   Gums are inflamed and sensitive to the touch
•   Gums appear bluish-red in color
•   Possible bad breath or bad taste
•   Gums bleed easily when you brush or when probed gently during examination

 

2) Early Periodontitis

•   Gums are inflamed and bone loss begins
•   Bleeding, puffiness and inflammation are more pronounced
•   Bad breath and bad taste

 

3) Moderate Periodontitis

•   Gum boils or abscesses may develop
•   Teeth look longer as gums begin to recede
•   Front teeth may begin to drift, showing spaces.
•   Bad breath and bad taste

 

4) Advanced Periodontitis

•   Teeth may become mobile or loose
•   Bad breath and bad taste are constant
•   Roots may be exposed and are sensitive to hot and hold

Receive the best Periodontal Disease Treatment by the Miami Cosmetic Dentist, Andres De Cardenas. Schedule an appointment at 305-251-3334 today or click here!