Periodontal disease or gum disease is primarily caused by dangerous flesh and bone eating bacterial plaque. Factors like genetics, tobacco and certain medical conditions like diabetes are also known to contributing to the disease process.
Periodontal disease is usually painless and can go undetected until it is too late and teeth are lost. 75 to 85% of the population will get periodontal disease at some point in their lifetime. The initial symptoms are bleeding gums and bad breath however most have no symptoms at all. Periodontal disease is also associated with other life threatening conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Individuals with Periodontal disease are ten times more likely to have a heart attack.
Our highly trained dental hygienists can perform non-surgical periodontal therapy on patients diagnosed with early periodontal disease. The procedure is called scaling and root planning. In some cases Lasers are also used to assist in removal of diseased periodontal tissue. Periodic maintenance appointments are scheduled until optimum periodontal health is achieved.