GUM DISEASE & PERIODONTITIS TREATMENT OPTIONS
Periodontitis develops from untreated gum disease, or gingivitis, a condition where bacteria grows on tooth and gums causing inflammation. If gingivitis is not treated in the beginning stages, the bacteria can cause the disease to spread into the jaw bone. Once inflammation sets into the bone, periodontitis is diagnosed.
Advanced periodontal disease can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth potentially leading to damaged gum tissue, ligaments, and bone and even tooth loss. Some signs that you may have periodontitis include bleeding when brushing and or flossing, pain when chewing, sore or receding gums, persistent bad breath, and loose teeth. Although gingivitis, that leads to gum disease, can be prevented through brushing, flossing, and oral care such as mouth washing, periodontitis can develop from a variety of reasons.
Lifestyle and genetics can greatly contribute to how susceptible one is to the bacteria that causes periodontitis. While you may not have much control over your genetic makeup, lifestyle choices such as smoking can significantly increase your risk of developing this potentially serious and damaging condition.
Oral health and the overall health of the body are often directly related. Periodontitis is linked with systemic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Oral hygiene and professional dental cleanings can help protect you from harmful bacteria growing on your gums that cause gum disease.
While there is no real cure for periodontitis, treatment goals include controlling the bacteria and promoting healing. Some “gum disease’ procedures include traditional gum,bone surgery,or Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure ( LANAP). This dental technology focuses on deep pockets of bone loss around your teeth to eliminate as much bacteria as possible. Laser technology allows the patient to have a quicker recovery and be more comfortable compared to traditional methods.