Periodontal (Gum) disease
The Mouth-Heart connection
Periodontal Disease and Diabetes
C-reactive proteins and its effect on oral health
Periodontal disease and Stroke
The treatment of periodontal disease
Deep Cleaning (Scaling and root planning):
If simple cleaning is no longer effective and if you have periodontal pockets of 5+ mm deep, a deep cleaning is usually recommended. To maximize the healing results, we usually combine deep cleaning along with "Arestin" antibiotics localized Injections within the periodontal pockets. This will allow a much higher concentration of active antibiotics to be present INSIDE of the pocket which is much superior to the oral intake of any other antibiotics.
Guided Tissue regeneration (GTR), can be used to restore bony lesions surrounding teeth. This is usually part of moderate to advanced gum disease.
Periodontal (gum) disease is insidious. It is an infection of the gums that starts out as plaque, an opaque film on the teeth that hardens to form tartar. As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria that attack the soft tissue around the gums. This is the early stage of gum disease known as Gingivitis. Left untreated, Gingivitis becomes Periodontitis which ultimately destroys the tissue surrounding your teeth AND the bone that holds your teeth in place. Except for bad breath and gums that bleed, there are very few early warning signals. The disease advances silently, often without pain, and before you know it, you are losing your teeth and you don't know why.
Tooth loss is only the most obvious indicator of gum disease. Scientific research has discovered linkage between gum disease and stroke, heart disease, diabetes - even an increased risk for pregnant women. When your gums become diseased, your entire immune system is weakened.
In the past, fear of painful dental surgery has kept people with gum disease from seeking the care they needed. Well, those days are gone forever.