Periodontal disease is a serious and common condition that most people don’t realize they have until it’s already in its advanced stages. At Mosaic Dental in Sterling, Virginia, the team of dental professionals, led by Anuradha Beri, BDS, CAGS, MSD, and Zia Rizvi, DDS, provide exceptional periodontal disease treatment for patients, ensuring they have cleans gums and healthy mouths. To schedule your periodontal disease treatment, call or book online today.
Periodontal disease is a condition that affects the health of your gums. It’s a bacterial infection of your gum tissue that starts when you leave plaque on your teeth for too long and it frequently ends with tooth loss. The American Dental Association estimates that roughly 80 percent of Americans suffer from some degree of periodontal disease.
The condition has two distinct stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.
In the first stage of gum disease, your gums become irritated by the plaque left on your teeth. Plaque contains acids and bacteria, which can inflame your gum tissue, leaving it red, swollen, and tender. In some cases, your gums might bleed when you brush or floss.
If you don’t treat your gingivitis, it can progress to periodontitis, where your gums are so irritated from the plaque that they begin to pull away or recede from your teeth. This creates pockets that collect debris and bacteria. These pockets lead to further infection and can become so large that they leave your teeth to fall out.
Some of the ways you might be able to tell that you have periodontal disease include:
The symptoms of gum disease are notorious for developing silently, which means that many people don’t realize they have the condition until it’s already very advanced. The Mosaic Dental team can spot gum disease in its earliest stages, so it’s important for you to maintain regular checkups and cleanings.
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, but it can affect much more than just your oral health. The condition is linked to stroke, heart disease, and an increased risk of premature and underweight births. It can also pose a serious threat to people who suffer from diabetes and respiratory diseases.
Your treatment for periodontal disease depends on the stage of your condition. If you’re still in the gingivitis stage, the team can reverse the disease with more frequent cleanings and by instructing you in better at-home care.
If your gum disease progresses to periodontitis, you might need gum surgery to restore your oral health. This involves removing your decayed gum tissue, cleaning the plaque on your teeth both above and below your gum line, and smoothing down the root surfaces of your teeth to make it easier for your gums to reattach.
Gum surgery is a highly effective periodontal disease treatment and is typically covered by most dental insurance plans.
Call Mosaic Dental or book an appointment online today to get started on your periodontal disease treatment.