Periodontal services are provided for the purpose of stopping and reversing the effects of periodontitis, also referred to as gum disease. This is an extremely common oral health problem that affects nearly half all adults to some degree. Even though the condition is common, it is still something to take very seriously. If allowed it is allowed to progress far enough, periodontitis can eventually lead to tooth loss and permanent jawbone damage.
Periodontitis starts out with what seems to be a very innocent problem. Prolonged exposure to bacteria, tartar and plaque can leave the gums swollen and irritated. They may begin to bleed during brushing, flossing and regular dental checkups. This may not seem like a serious problem, and the patient may decide to ignore the issue, but this can be a grave mistake.
In the event that the condition is not treated in a timely manner, the gums will start to pull away from the teeth. This will create spaces called periodontal pockets to develop. This is a major concern, as the empty areas can very easily become infested with bacteria and plaque. Once this happens, the condition can start to spread very quickly throughout the rest of the mouth. If the disease reaches the jawbone and the connective tissues of teeth, it is likely that tooth loss will follow.
Our practice offers a complete lineup of periodontal services that are used for treating periodontitis in all stages.