Periodontal Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease means bone loss
Some patients battle this disease, and need to work harder to keep their gums and teeth healthy. Periodontal disease is bacterial infection that starts as inflammation in the gums, called gingivitis. With many people (but not all), this progresses to periodontal disease, which is characterized by bone loss. This leads to the teeth appearing longer as the gums recede, and eventually loss of the teeth. Many people have periodontal disease, and end up losing teeth from bone loss despite having never had decay in the tooth.
Ideally periodontal disease is caught early, and managed with more frequent cleanings, or fillings. Sometimes we choose to refer these cases to a periodontist so that other options can be considered besides simply doing a deep cleaning in the affected areas.
When we evaluate patients for the need for a cleaning, we measure the pocket next to the gums and tooth in order to gauge how healthy the gums are. Pockets which are more shallow are healthy, and deeper pockets give space to bacteria that cause bone loss.