Periodontics

Millions of people suffer from periodontal disease. At Floss, we treat patients that are struggling with this condition and provide a variety of treatment solutions to help combat the symptoms and heal the gums. If you are concerned that your gums are unhealthy, give us a call and schedule an appointment with Dr. John today.

What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?

Periodontal disease (also known as periodontitis and gum disease) is a common inflammatory condition which affects the supporting and surrounding soft tissues of the tooth, also the jawbone itself when in its most advanced stages.

Periodontal disease is most often preceded by gingivitis which is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue. A bacterial infection affects the gums when the toxins contained in plaque begin to irritate and inflame the gum tissues. Once this bacterial infection colonized in the gum pockets between the teeth, it becomes much more difficult to remove and treat. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the developed world and should be promptly treated.

What are the signs of gum disease?

If you notice your gums are red and swollen or bleeding on a regular basis, you probably have some type of gum disease. Another common symptom is bad breath, loose teeth, pain while chewing, sensitive teeth or teeth that appear longer.

Types of Periodontal Disease

  1. Chronic Periodontitis – Inflammation within supporting tissues cause deep pockets and gum recession. It may appear the teeth are lengthening, but in actuality, the gums are receding. This is the most common form of periodontal disease and is characterized by progressive loss of attachment, combined with periods of rapid progression.
  2. Necrotizing Periodontitis – This form of gum disease occurs most often in individuals suffering from systemic conditions such as HIV, immunosuppression and malnutrition.
  3. Aggressive Periodontitis – This form of gum disease occurs in an otherwise clinically healthy individual. It is characterized by rapid loss of gum attachment, chronic bone destruction and familial aggregation.

If you have any other questions or want to learn more information on Periodontal Disease or Periodontal Treatment, contact our offices.

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