Gum Disease

Periodontal (gum) disease is insidious. It is an infection of the gums that starts out as plaque, an opaque film on the teeth that hardens to form tartar. As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria that attack the soft tissue around the gums. This is the early stage of gum disease known as Gingivitis. Left untreated, Gingivitis becomes Periodontitis which ultimately destroys the tissue surrounding your teeth AND the bone that holds your teeth in place. Except for bad breath and gums that bleed, there are very few early warning signals. The disease advances silently, often without pain, and before you know it, you are losing your teeth and you don’t know why.

Tooth loss is only the most obvious indicator of gum disease. Scientific research has discovered linkage between gum disease and stroke, heart disease, diabetes – even an increased risk for pregnant women. When your gums become diseased, your entire immune system is weakened.

In the past, fear of painful dental surgery has kept people with gum disease from seeking the care they needed. Well, those days are gone forever.

Arestin
ARESTIN® is an antibiotic treatment for periodontal (gum) disease that is used..
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Bone Grafting
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure by which new bone or a replacement material is..
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Crown Lengthening
Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure performed by a dentist to expose a greater amount of..
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Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing, otherwise known as conventional periodontal therapy, non-surgical..
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Osseous Surgery
Osseous surgery is most often used to treat periodontitis. This is an advanced form of gum disease..
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