Periodontal DiseaseSchedule your Periodontal Disease Appointment
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum tissue and the supporting bone around teeth. It can be acute, but usually is a chronic condition.
Some symptoms of Periodontal Disease are:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Gums that are pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus between teeth and gums
- Loose or separating teeth
- A change in the way the teeth fit together
- A change in the fit of dentures
Treatment consists of many appointments and specialized procedures (scaling and root planning) that will remove debris from the teeth. You will be given individualized home care instructions, which could include taking medication and using a special mouth rinse.
Once treatment is completed you will be expected to follow a strict regimen of continuing care in our office. This is necessary because periodontal disease is similar to diabetes in that it can’t be cured, but it can be controlled.
It is important to control periodontal disease because ongoing research is showing links to other diseases such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, and increased risk of complications during pregnancy.