What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal diseases, also known as gum disease, are infections found in the structures around the teeth including the gums, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. They occur when the gums become infected, showing signs of swollen and tender gums that bleed after brushing and flossing. If not cared for properly, the problem may spread to other tissues, making the disease more complicated to correct.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque, and surprisingly it is your body’s response to the bacteria that causes most issues. In order to eliminate the bacteria, the cells of your immune system release substances that cause inflammation of the gums and bones, which then leads to swollen, bleeding gums, signs of gingivitis, loosening of teeth, and severe periodontitis. If plaque builds up on teeth, it becomes calcified overtime, and turns into tartar, also causing periodontal disease.
Keeping a good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly can prevent periodontal disease. Dental cleanings will keep plaque under control in places that are hard to reach for a toothbrush or floss.
What is Periodontal Therapy?
Periodontal therapy is a non-surgical program of the treatment of gum disease. Certain stages of periodontal disease can be treated in a non-surgical program. Today there is no known cure for periodontal disease. However, it can be managed and contained through a variety of treatment options.
Dr. Bruce Silva provides a range of services to help improve and maintain your gum’s health. Non-surgical periodontal therapy services include:
- Periodontal Evaluation
- Periodontal Treatment Plan
- Obtain Informed Consent and Patient Records
- Treatment Services
- Therapy Evaluation
Benefits of Periodontal Therapy include:
- Improved overall health
- Improved function of your teeth
- Decreased risk of bone loss
- Identification of other health problems
- Fresh breath, tartar removal, and a great smile
Dr. Bruce Silva is knowledgeable, qualified, and highly trained to conduct periodontal therapy for patients in need. Call Dr. Bruce Silva for a consultation today.