Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease attacks the gums around the teeth, as well as, the bone that supports the teeth. Over time and left untreated, this disease becomes the number one destroyer of teeth. Maintaining good oral hygiene is vital to your tooth care.

Edward Orgon or one of our Hygienists will probe pocket depths around your teeth, examine the amount of bleeding from the gums, along with tooth movement to make a diagnosis.

  • Symptoms

    • Frequent bad breath
    • Loosening teeth
    • Bleeding gums
    • Gums receding around teeth
    • Redness or puffy gums
  • Diagnosis

    A diagnosis falls into three categories:

    • The early onset of Periodontal Disease is Gingivitis, which is considered the first stage of the disease.
    • The second stage and far more serious diagnosis is called Periodontitis. Usually, a diagnosis at this stage is not really curable, but with excellent care a patient can keep the damage from getting worse.
    • The worst stage is Advanced Periodontitis, which is major bone losses and receding of the gums. At this point, without prompt dental care teeth may be lost.
  • Treatment

    Gingivitis can be managed fairly easily through regular flossing and good daily oral hygiene habits.

    However, with the more advanced stages of Periodontitis a patient will likely require a root planing, where our staff would perform a deep cleaning of the pockets around the tooth in the hopes that the gums will re-attached to the tooth.