Periodontal disease is also referred to as gum disease is an inflammation of the gums and if left untreated can lead to tooth loss. Periodontal refers to the area around the tooth, the gums that hold each piece in place and hugs it tightly.
Because periodontal disease affects the gums and bone that supports the teeth, it is extremely important to get a diagnosis as soon as possible.
Gum Disease Diagnosis
When you have your gums checked during an oral examination, you will have your gums measured with a periodontal probe that will calculate how deep the pockets around all your teeth are. This process is usually done each time you come in for a visit. When your gums are healthy the pockets will be between one and three millimeters deep.
Symptoms of Bad Breath
Some symptoms are more obvious than others, but if you have any of these signs, you could be suffering from gum disease:
Swollen, irritated or red gums
Bleeding gums after brushing
Pain when chewing
Gum Disease Treatment
If gum disease is caught early it can be successfully treated with what's called scaling and root planing, where each tooth is carefully cleaned, and plaque is removed from deep inside the periodontal pockets. After the process is completed, usually in two visits - one for each side of the mouth - you will get checked out regularly to monitor the gums closely.
There is also a tray delivery system, where a custom-fit tray is made after getting impressions of your teeth, for use at home. The trays are filled with medications that you apply to your gums daily, like those use to deliver fluoride treatments.
We will discuss your options to treat your gum disease in detail and answer any questions you may have.