Periodontal Disease

The word periodontal means “around the tooth”. Periodontal disease attacks the gums and bone that support your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film composed of food debris, bacteria and saliva. If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar). When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone. Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen and bleeding gums.

Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it! Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.

Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and diseases such as diabetes, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, cardiovascular disease and increased risk during pregnancy. Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.

Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.

Periodontal Procedures

Periodontal Procedures are designed not only to restore the functional and structural integrity of the teeth and gums but also to restore a more natural appearance and enhance the beauty of a smile. Unlike purely corrective periodontal therapies, cosmetic procedures focus as much on esthetics as on function. We incorporate both.

Patients are often self-conscious of their smile when too much or too little of the gums show. They can be shy of their appearance because of teeth that are badly stained, chipped or poorly aligned. They may be uncomfortable opening their mouth due to missing or damaged teeth. For someone with these conditions looking to improve their appearance there is often a cosmetic surgical remedy. The excellent byproducts can improve function, better overall dental health and a better ability to eat well.