Gum Disease Affects Oral and Systemic Health
Gum (periodontal) disease is a serious oral condition that attacks the very foundation of your smile – the gums and underlying bone. What’s more, nearly half of the U.S. population has some form of the disease, many not recognizing it. Without timely treatment, bacteria responsible for the progressive infection continue to inflict damage, causing loss of tissue attachment between your teeth and gums and breaking down the bone that supports your teeth. Gum disease is not only the number one cause of adult tooth loss today. It has also been linked to a number of alarming systemic health conditions, including heart disease, stroke and diabetes, among others.
Nearly 50% percent of U.S. adults have periodontal disease.
Gum disease increases heart attack risk by almost 50 percent.
Gum Disease Signs and Symptoms
We strongly encourage you to contact our office if you have any of these signs or symptoms:
- Gum that bleed when you brush, floss or eat
- Swollen, tender or painful gum tissues
- Areas of redness or inflammation
- Presence of pus around the teeth and gums
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Loose teeth
- Gum recession
Our Treatment Options
Scaling and Root Planing Therapy
With this non-surgical gum disease treatment, we gently and thoroughly remove plaque, tartar and bacterial buildup from the root surfaces, below the gum line. The procedure enables gum tissue to reattach to tooth surfaces, reducing periodontal pocket depths and improving gum health.
Performed for moderate to advanced stages of gum disease, osseous surgery involves retraction or “flapping” of the gum tissue, to enable access to deeper areas of infection. The surgical procedure also allows our team to smooth bony defects caused by harmful bacteria, and cleanse the tooth roots of plaque and tartar deposits.
Once your gum disease has been treated, maintaining gum health and managing oral bacteria is key. Periodontal maintenance visits allow us to closely monitor your condition and clean your teeth above and below the gums more frequently, before bacteria have a chance to accumulate and cause further damage. These visits typically occur at three-month intervals, and take the place of biannual cleanings.
Take Control of Your Gum Health
There is no cure for gum disease. However, with proper care and maintenance, you can halt the progression of the periodontal condition and take control of your oral health and smile. Dr. Samuel Jirik and our talented team have years of experiencing in providing effective treatment and ongoing care for our patients. We are proud to partner with you to help manage your periodontal health and achieve the attractive, confident smile you deserve!