Gum Disease Therapy
Ask someone what they believe is the most common disease in America today and most will answer heart disease, diabetes or even the common cold. In fact, the accurate answer is actually gum disease. Research indicates that an estimated 80% of the population suffers some form of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, from advanced periodonitis to the less damaging gingivitis. At Oak Park Dental, we know the dangers inherent in untreated gum disease and how it can damage not only your oral health, but your overall well-being.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infection of the gums and bone that starts when plaque collects below the gum line and then hardens into tartar. Both plaque and tartar irritate soft gum tissue, causing tiny open wounds that are extremely vulnerable to infection. The first signs of gingivitis are usually noticing that your gums bleed when you brush your teeth. Decaying food particles lodged between teeth combine with plaque-created bacteria and the infection can quickly spread.
As the severity of the gum disease progresses, gums recede from the teeth and pockets of infection form that can eventually destroy gum tissue and bone, resulting in tooth and bone loss.
Why is Gum Disease so Serious?
Recent research reveals that gum disease is linked to increased risk for major overall health problems, including stroke, heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes complications, and low birth weight. These findings are why your Oak Park Dental team believes that regular checkups and hygiene visits are vital not only to your oral health, but your overall health as well.
When gum disease is diagnosed, it can be treated with several non-surgical therapies including:
- Scaling – to remove hardened plaque from below the gum line
- Root Planing – to reduce rough areas on teeth roots
- Antibiotic Therapy – to battle infection
- Surgery – advanced cases may require the care of a periodontist, in which case we will refer you to a trusted colleague
A diagnosis of gum disease will require more frequent hygiene visits so that our dentist or hygienist can monitor your condition and ensure that your treatment and recovery are on track.
We invite you to join our growing patient family and experience the difference exceptional dentistry and a relaxed environment make in your oral health. Our Madison general, family, cosmetic, and neuromuscular dentistry practice also serves patients from the surrounding communities of Middleton, Verona, Oregon, and Monona. Contact us to make an appointment with your local dentist in Madison today. We look forward to enhancing your life, health, and smile!
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