About Periodontal Disease - Basic Information

Periodontal disease is a serious infection of the mouth, that involves the soft and hard tissues and in some cases, the bone that surrounds your teeth.  Poor oral hygiene is the number one cause of advanced periodontal disease however; certain drugs and diseases may also contribute to the causes of periodontal disease.  When you require advanced periodontal treatment, the level of the infection has gone beyond something that regular brushing and flossing can correct itself.

Periodontal disease can be broken down into two groups:

Gingivitis:

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease.  It is a reversible condition, and therefore early diagnosis is imperative in order to prevent the infection from progressing.  Signs of gingivitis include red, puffy gums and bleeding in the sink when brushing and flossing. Typically, there is no pain or discomfort in the gum tissues with gingivitis.

Periodontitis:

When the infection from gingivitis is not treated promptly, the next stage of gum disease becomes prevalent.  The bacterium from plaque begins to travel further below the gumeline, infecting the underlying tissues that surround the teeth.  When the inflammation of the gum tissue begins to progress, the natural response is for the body to breakdown the infected tissues.  When left untreated, a large pocket begins to develop between the tooth and the tissues, destroying the connective tissues that surround the teeth.  Over time, the separation and deterioration of the connective tissues from the tooth will result in tooth and bone loss.

How is Periodontal Disease Treated?

Dr. Scott Stone treats periodontal disease by utilizing specialized deep cleaning techniques, surgical treatment of the gum tissues, gingival grafting to restore lost tissues, and dental implants to replace missing teeth.  Depending on your needs, the type of treatment used may vary.

What are the benefits of Periodontal Treatment?

Periodontal disease affects more than just the health of your mouth.  Studies conducted by the leading Universities in the country have discovered that periodontal disease has been connected to adverse health concerns, such as heart disease and stroke, diabetes, preterm birth, and even obesity. When you begin the process of treating your advanced periodontal disease, your overall health and wellness improves as well.  Confidence is restored by preventing tooth loss due to periodontal disease, and

Who is a Good Candidate for Periodontal Treatment?

Periodontal disease does not discriminate by age or gender however; adults are more likely to suffer from advanced gum disease.  There are cases where children or teens may require periodontal treatment.  Certain drugs used to treat epilepsy, orthodontic treatment and respiratory disease are a few circumstanced that may cause periodontal disease to progress faster than normal in children or teens.  Dr. Stone is here to help manage and prevent advanced gum disease from progressing further, by offering preventive treatment options for children and teen patients. Adults that have advanced periodontal disease can rest knowing that Dr. Stone has treated a vast array of cases ranging from mild periodontitis to the most advanced stages of periodontal disease known as necrotizing periodontal disease.  Smiles by Stone is thoroughly committed to providing our patients with the care they deserve.

Learn More About Periodontal Treatment in Lansing

Dr. Stone at Smiles by Stone will work directly with you, in our conveniently located Lansing practice, to develop a treatment plan that best suits your needs and goals for a healthier smile.  Book a consultation today, to learn how Dr. Stone can help you restore the health of your teeth and gums.  Our first priority is to restore the health of your teeth and gums, which will allow you to enjoy your favorite foods again, and restore the confidence in your smile.

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