Periodontal Disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection of the gums and surrounding tissues that hold teeth in place. What may begin as red, tender gums that bleed when brushed, this silent disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults. There are several risk factors involved including but not limited to: age, gender, poor nutrition, substance abuse, and systemic diseases. The presence of periodontal disease may be associated with heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease, preterm births, and prosthetic joint complications.
The CDC states that 47.2% of Americans have periodontal disease, however, only 1 in 3 seek treatment. At Premier Dental, we offer several options to help treat Periodontal Disease in its early stages to prevent it from advancing further. The first step is for one of our Registered Dental Hygienists to use an ultrasonic cleaning device. This device is used to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth where regular cleaning devices can’t reach: under the gum line, on the tooth, and around the root. Because periodontal pathogens repopulate in as little as 2-12 weeks, it is vital to keep your teeth healthy with daily brushing and flossing, eating a healthy diet, and keeping up with dental checkups.
If the disease is in the later stages and the tissue or bone surrounding the teeth is too damaged to be repaired with non-surgical treatment, we have several surgical procedures available such as pocket depth reduction, regeneration, and soft-tissue grafting. The highly-skilled professionals at Premier Dental will assess your condition and discuss a treatment plan customized just for you and your health.