Protect Your Oral Health with Periodontal Therapy
Up to 80 percent of the population unknowingly has some form of periodontal disease. Characterized by a persistent bacterial infection of the bone and tissues that support the teeth, periodontal disease (gum disease) causes little discomfort and produces few symptoms in the early stages. However, when periodontal disease is left untreated, it can spread quickly and compromise the condition of your gums, teeth, and bone. It can also lead to serious systemic health problems including heart disease and stroke, as well as diabetes and pregnancy complications. If you want to protect your smile and your long term health, schedule a periodontal therapy appointment with Dr. Ramsey today.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Several factors contribute to periodontal disease, including: plaque buildup, heredity, and lifestyle choices. By far, the most common and controllable factor is bacterial plaque (sticky, colorless film produced by normal oral bacteria). Bacteria can release toxins that break down the natural fibers that bond gums to teeth. When this occurs, pockets between the gums and teeth form, and more bacteria and toxins hide, flourish, and destroy your gums and teeth. Over time, this process can affect not only gums, teeth, and bone within the mouth, but also overall health.
Are You at Risk for Developing Gum Disease?
Any of the following conditions can greatly exacerbate the risk of periodontal disease, including: tobacco use, hormone fluctuations, stress, some medications, bruxism, diabetes, poor nutrition, HIV, any disease resulting in immune-suppression, heredity, and poor oral hygiene. With so many risk factors, even patients who practice good oral homecare routines can still get periodontal disease.
Early Stage Periodontal Therapy
Early on, when redness, swelling, and bleeding are the only symptoms, we can treat and reverse periodontal disease non-surgically. Regular checkups greatly increase your potential for early detection and conservative treatment. Generally, treatment will include careful, individualized instruction regarding the most effective means of brushing and flossing at home. This strategy is sometimes accompanied by professional scaling or careful scraping of all affected tooth surfaces, gum pocket irrigation, and even local antibiotic placement in areas of significant irritation. Often, patients experience immediate improvement. If, however, symptoms don't improve significantly, you may require surgical treatment.
Advanced Periodontal Therapy
If periodontal disease progresses without intervention, you may need surgery to remediate the disease and restore the mouth to good oral health. Typically, periodontists may perform four surgical treatments: pocket depth reduction, bone or tissue regeneration, crown lengthening, or soft tissue grafts. All of these procedures can improve your chances of keeping your natural teeth.
Periodontal Therapy Appointments
Only regular dental checkups and cleanings can prevent and treat periodontal disease before major problems arise. Schedule the periodontal therapy appointment you need to stay healthy with Dr. Ramsey today. Dr. Ramsey is a highly qualified general dentist, now proudly restoring smiles daily throughout the Lake Highlands community of North Dallas and the nearby communities of Richardson, University Park, Highland Park, Garland, Plano, Rowlett, Mesquite, Carrollton, and Addison, Texas.