Periodontal Disease

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Periodontal Disease Treatment in Abington, PA

Periodontal disease is a chronic infection of all the supporting tissues of the teeth. Specific bacteria that destroy the gum tissues, ligaments and bone, cause this inflammatory disease. Left untreated, periodontitis can cause the teeth to become loose and eventually have to be removed. In periodontitis, the gum pushes away from the tooth causing a pocket to form. The deeper the pocket is, the more inflamed the tissue is, and the more severe the disease is.

The four primary risk factors for periodontal disease are:

  1. Diabetes
  2. Tobacco use
  3. Immunodeficiency (weakened immune system)
  4. Personal history of periodontal disease

Other factors that increase one’s risk include stress, systemic diseases, medications that may be causing dry mouth, occlusal disease, and genetics.

Periodontal infection may contribute to diabetes, development of heart disease, increased risk of premature and underweight births, and respiratory diseases.

Treatment

The main goal of treatment is to control the infection. Our hygienists accomplish this by repeatedly breaking up and removing the biofilm (plaque) that stick to the teeth causing the infection. Consistent scheduled appointments to wear down the bacteria are important in controlling the disease. By using a diode laser and micro-ultrasonics, our hygienists can treat deep pockets eliminating/killing the bacteria so the patient’s immune system can take over and heal.

Reasons for therapy

  1. Provide treatment for an infection formerly blamed on a patient for non-compliance with co-therapy
  2. To achieve Perio Remission
  3. Future prevention of systemic disease
  4. Possible bone repair
  5. Reduce the toxins, eliminate bleeding, and increase the patient’s immunity

Healthy gums don’t bleed! Call (215) 885-0555 today for a periodontal evaluation of your teeth and gums!

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