Gum or periodontal disease is a chronic, destructive, inflammatory condition that requires frequent monitoring and treatment to minimize damage to the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease has been associated with putting patients at a greater risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, poor diabetic control, pneumonia, pre-term and low-weight births.
Listed below are some problems commonly associated with periodontal disease:
Loosening or loss of teeth
Inflammation and discoloration of the gum tissue
Excessive spaces between teeth
Exposure of tooth roots
Acute infection or abscess
Development of general health issues
Early detection is the key to effective treatment. Periodontal disease is easily diagnosed and can be successfully treated with professional care. Good oral hygiene at home and regular dental checkups minimize the risk of or progression of periodontal disease.
Please contact our office with any questions or to make an appointment for a comprehensive examination and evaluation.
Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements. They are used for single or multiple tooth replacement, and to retain full or partial dentures.
The most commonly used implant is the root form implant, which fits into the position of the original tooth root. This implant is often stronger than the original tooth. The implant, or artificial root, is placed into the bone, then given time — usually three to six months — to integrate with the bone. Once it is integrated, the implant is fitted with a post that will hold the new crown or denture attachment.