What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that affects more than 1/2 of the adult population. Periodontal disease occurs when plaque and bacteria accumulates on teeth and begins to create an inflammatory response in the surrounding tissue. As a result you will get increased pockets that develop between the gum tissue and where it attaches to the teeth. As these pockets become deeper, bone loss ensues.
If not treated in a timely fashion, gum disease will result in gum recession, bone loss, tooth mobility and ultimate tooth loss. It is imperative to receive treatment as soon as possible so that we can maintain the surrounding bone that supports the teeth.
Are there alternative treatments and adjuncts to periodontal care?
With advancements in treatment modalities, we have state of the art technology that will aid in treatment of periodontal disease and produce the best possible outcome. After you get your deep cleaning we have the ability to debride the periodontal pockets with laser therapy (LANAP). This promotes tissue regeneration and proper healing. In addition, we can place a local antibiotic paste (Arestin) into the deeper periodontal pockets to help fight off persistent bacteria and promote the healing process.