About Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is a chronic, often painless infection of the gums that gradually destroys the bony support of the teeth. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease, and the bacteria present in plaque infect the gums causing irritation and inflammation. Left untreated, periodontal disease leads to tooth loss. Studies have shown that approximately 35% of Americans are affected by some sort of periodontal disease.
The inflammation produced by long-standing gum disease may represent a health risk to the entire body. Numerous studies have shown inflamed gums are associated with increased risk of heart attack, stroke, low-birth weight, and Alzheimer’s disease.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Bacteria contained in plaque are responsible for gum disease as well as tooth decay. If not removed by daily bushing, plaque hardens into a rough, hard, porous substance known as tartar. As the tartar accumulates and infection continues to build, it travels below the gumline and down the root of the tooth, injuring the gum tissue and bone supporting the teeth.
Dr. Waasdorp is a board certified specialist in periodontics. Utilizing the latest advances in periodontal therapy, we offer a wide range of comprehensive treatment aimed at arresting the disease and saving your teeth. We now employ laser periodontal therapy to rid your mouth of disease causing bacteria in a minimally invasive, non surgical, single visit procedure.
- Non-surgical scaling and root planing
- Laser Periodontal Treatment (Deep pocket therapy)
- Local antibiotic therapy
- Minimally invasive surgery to treat bone and gum disorders
- Bone grafting and guided tissue regeneration to replace bone destroyed by gum disease
- Therapy to improve the bite and occlusion