What is Periodontal Gum Disease?
It’s kind of important to understand any gum disease that affects approximately 95 % of the adult population. Periodontal gum Disease is a disease of pockets. A pocket is the space between your gum tissue and the root of your tooth. This space tends to trap bacteria which can cause all kinds of problems if left to their own devices. These pockets are analogous to sending your pants to the dry cleaners. Invariably, some of the lint in your pants pockets is left after the dry cleaning process. Periodontal pockets tend to trap bacterial plaque much the same way. The dry cleaner’s chemicals can not reach all the way down into the deep recesses of your pant’s pockets. Well, neither can your toothbrush reach into your periodontal pockets to get at those incredibly damaging bacteria. It is the job of the periodontist to reduce your pocket depths to make them more accessible for cleaning.
What causes Periodontal gum disease? Bacterial plaque! Plaque is simply defined as an organized group of bacteria which causes inflammation and ultimately the destruction of gum tissues and bone. Of course, there are other causative factors such as nutrition, genetics, smoking, missing teeth, poor occlusion (bite), and various systemic diseases. Bacterial plaque, however, is the primary cause of Periodontal Disease.
If you think you have a Periodontal gum disease, please give us a call now at our All Care Dental Clinic office-09881142494
What are the symptoms?
Red, swollen or tender gums or other pain in your mouth
Bleeding (Bleeding Gums) while brushing, flossing, or eating hard food
Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth,causing the teeth to look longer than before
Loose or separating teeth
Pus between your gums and teeth
Sores in your mouth
Persistent bad breath
A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
A change in the fit of partial dentures
Periodontal diseases, include
Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. 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.
There are many forms of periodontitis. The most common ones include the following.
• Aggressive periodontitis
• Chronic periodontitis
• Periodontitis as a manifestation of systemic diseases
Necrotizing periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. The main cause of periodontal disease is bacterial plaque, a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. However, factors like the following also affect the health of your gums
Puberty, Pregnancy and Menopause in Women
Clenching or Grinding Your Teeth
Other Systemic Diseases
Poor Nutrition and Obesity
Procedures periodontists use to treat gum disease
Soft Tissue Grafts
Periodontal gum Disease starts with gum inflammation and if not corrected early can gradually extend below the gum line to the bone that lies beneath. As more bone is destroyed, teeth become increasingly more mobile. The time to treat is obviously at the first sign of inflammation. If you have signs of inflammation then please give our All Care Dental Office-09881142494 a call now before itsto late.
Do you have a pleasant taste in your mouth? Are the soft tissues around your teeth comfortable and free from bleeding? Are your teeth FIRM? Will they stay that way? If you answered NO to any of these questions, you need PERIO! If you answered YES to any of these questions and want to stay that way, Periodontal Maintenance may just be what the doctor ordered. To Discuss Periodontal Maintenance give us a call at our All Care Dental Clinic office-09881142494
Soft Tissue Management
Over the past several years we have formulated a Soft Tissue Management Program which is specifically designed to assist you in maintaining your periodontal health. The goal of this program is to control the bacteria that cause the infection. Through root planning (the mechanical removal of plaque and calculus in the office) proper home care techniques are essential for successful periodontal therapy and good oral health.
Exactly how does Soft Tissue Management work?
1. The Initial Phase consists of patient education in proper oral hygiene techniques. Without a strong foundation, a house can not stand for long!
2. The Treatment Phase involves the removal of all causative factors and may include correction of bone and gum defects by surgical or non-surgical means, correction of malocclusion (bite) problems, and the replacement of missing teeth in order to re-establish proper form and function.
3. The Control Phase begins immediately after the treatment phase. Once the disease process has been eliminated, it is your responsibility to seek regular preventative treatment. We are here to help at all times. You need only to ask!
Our Soft Tissue Management Program is designed to instruct our patients in the techniques necessary to maintain a proper state of periodontal health. Sometimes it will be necessary to utilize the skills of a specialist, a Periodontist. In coordination with the periodontist, your dental team will do all it can to insure your predictable periodontal health.
If you have any questions regarding this or any other aspect of your dental care, please call us.
Preventing & Treating Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is the technical name for gum disease, the most common reason for tooth loss in patients after the age of 25. Although relatively painless in the beginning, by the time the first acute abscess occurs, some teeth may already be beyond saving. The first sign of periodontal disease is bleeding gums that are also usually red and swollen. As the disease progresses, the gums will recede causing the affected teeth to appear longer than normal. Finally, in the latter stages, the teeth will loosen to the point of being painful and useless, and will either fall out on their own or will have to be extracted.
Poor oral hygiene is what causes gum disease. Thoroughly brushing and cleaning between the teeth at least once per day will help prevent the onset of gum disease. If a patient finds it difficult to floss, using thin toothpicks can be an acceptable alternative for cleaning between the teeth. Although easily preventable, periodontal disease is often difficult to maintain once the deterioration process begins.
Our doctors and staff are dedicated to preventing and, when needed, treating periodontal disease. Maintaining beautiful, healthy smiles is the mainstay of our prof.