Gum disease, or periodontitis, is an infection of the gum tissue and bone that surrounds and supports the teeth. Because gum disease is often painless, many patients are unaware of any problems until they become severe. If left untreated, gum disease can progress and the continuing bone loss around the teeth can result in loose teeth and possible tooth loss.
In addition to affecting the mouth, bacteria associated with gum disease can enter your blood stream, gaining access to every organ in your body. Research suggests that periodontal disease is a major risk factor for several conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
Our office takes a progressive approach to treating gum disease and works in close partnership with our patients to achieve a healthy smile. By thoroughly examining the gums and supporting bone, we can accurately diagnose the presence and severity of gum disease. If diagnosed, patients with gum disease are treated with the appropriate periodontal therapy according to severity of the disease.
Here are a few of our top FAQ’s regarding periodontal therapy appointments at our practice:
How long will my visit be?
Do I need to take special precautions after my periodontal treatment?
Will I need to take any medication?
What is included in each Perio Therapy appointment?
What type of follow up will be required?
At this appointment your hygienist and dentist will determine your first balance point, usually 10-12 weeks. Your balance point is the length of time you can go between professional sub-gingival (under the gums) biofilm removal and maintain disease remission, which is the ultimate goal of periodontal therapy.
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