Are your gums uncomfortable when you brush or floss? Maybe they feel painful or you notice blood on your toothbrush or floss. This is a sign of something very serious! Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, affects about half of adults of 30 years old in the United States.
In the beginning, periodontal disease won’t even catch your attention, but with time, this infection could mean the end of your natural teeth altogether! That’s why a visit to Dental Implants and Periodontology of Arizona is so important! We need to take care of the infection before it can cause severe damage to your smile.
Periodontal disease is more commonly known as gum disease. The word periodontal literally means around (perio) the tooth (dont) because periodontal disease occurs when bacteria infects the gums surrounding your teeth. The bacteria works deep below the surface to create inflammation and can ultimately lead to the destruction of your bone structure.
Did you know that gum disease is the number one cause for lost adult teeth? We estimate that 75% of lost adult teeth are due to periodontal disease.
Even beyond the likelihood that you could lose your teeth, periodontal disease has more red flags. Research has linked gum disease with other, more life-threatening conditions, like cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, diabetes, and even pre-term labor and delivery of low birth-weight babies! This is not something that can be ignored. There is a lot at stake!
The first signs of periodontitis are very minor. You might notice a changing color in your gums or blood on your toothbrush. At this stage, we can remove your infection with a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing (SRP). This process allows us to get the infection out from beneath the gum line and smooth your teeth roots to prevent further infection.
Once the infection has reached the bone, we need to act quickly with aggressive treatment. For most offices, that means jumping into surgery, but we have the ability to offer an alternative called perioscopy. Perioscopy is just one reason why Dental Implants and Periodontology of Arizona is the first office you should call when seeking gum disease treatment.
Our office is one of the only offices in the area to offer this advanced treatment option! Perioscopy can save you from needing surgery altogether! The scope allows us to see below the gumline so that we can remove the infection and repair the damage without ever requiring a suture!
There are many side effects to periodontal disease, but one of the most annoying is halitosis, or bad breath. Nothing can make you feel more self-conscious than having bad breath that just won’t go away! You might not notice your gums changing color, and you might be able to ignore sore gums while you brush, but you won’t be able to ignore the bad breath you get during a gum disease infection. Don’t worry, we can take care of your breath AND the infection right here at Dental Implants and Periodontology of Arizona.
Are you ready to have your gums checked? Call us today at 602-842-6841 or contact us through our online form. One of our friendly staff members will get back to you to confirm a convenient date and time for your appointment. We can’t wait to transform the health of your smile!
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