As one of the biggest threats to oral health, untreated gum (periodontal) disease is capable of destroying soft tissues and bone in its advanced stages. This oral condition is also the chief cause of permanent tooth loss. Gum disease is quite common, too. Research indicates that about 80% of the adult population in the United States will develop some form of gum disease in their lifetime. Patients with advanced gum disease or those with specific risk factors for developing this condition are often referred to our periodontist for professional periodontal disease management.
A periodontist is a dentist who possesses additional education and training to diagnose and treat conditions involving gingival (gum) tissue. As specialists, periodontists handle complex and advanced cases of gum disease. General dentists refer many patients to our practice for advanced treatment of periodontal disease.
As one of the biggest threats to oral health, untreated gum (periodontal) disease is capable of destroying soft tissues and bone in its advanced stages.
When gum disease advances, periodontal pockets form. Because the gums are inflamed and infected, they will begin to recede and pull away from teeth. As tartar, hardened plaque, accumulates below the gum line, periodontal pockets develop. These pockets are found between teeth along the gums, and without treatment, these pockets will eventually expose the roots of teeth. Teeth will eventually loosen or fall out when tartar accumulates along the roots of teeth and the teeth are no longer supported properly by gum tissue.
To prevent the progression of gum disease, periodontal pockets and infected gum tissue require deep, specialized cleanings available at our office. Our team will gently clean away tartar deposits that have formed below the gums and along the roots of teeth. Necrotized and severely damaged gum tissue may be removed as well to promote regeneration of new tissue and reduce the incidence of infection.
Because gum disease poses very serious threats to oral health, we strongly encourage patients to manage their disease with proper oral hygiene and professional treatment. With professional management of periodontal disease, our team can help preserve teeth and gums.
Contact Park Cities Periodontics & Implant Dentistry at 214-949-1836 today for more information and to schedule your appointment.