Periodontal disease, which is also known as “gum disease” (also known as Pyrea/Pyorrhea) is a major cause of tooth loss that can cause a multitude of serious health conditions if left untreated.
Periodontal disease is caused by plaque buildup that remains on teeth for an extended period of time. As the bacteria remain on the teeth, gums and underneath the gums, the body’s natural defense mechanisms are unable to ward off the offender and will subsequently self destruct. This could result in gums that have a red, swollen appearance, gums that bleed easily and can contribute to receding gums, bone loss and ultimately loosing one or more teeth. Anyone who experiences gums that bleed when they floss or brush should schedule an appointment at our office as soon as possible.
Periodontal disease is not always as obvious as some may think. In fact, there is often no pain associated with gum disease and the obvious signs of redness, swelling, and bleeding are not always present but the damage may still be occurring.
The good news is most of the time if periodontal disease is detected and treated early, its progression can be arrested to avoid further damage and a healthy status for the gums can be regained. For those with advanced periodontal disease who are threatened with tooth loss (or who have already lost teeth), we also offer a variety of procedures to remove non-restorable teeth and replace missing teeth thus bringing back a healthy and beautiful smile.