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Periodontal Disease Detection and Treatment

What is Disease Detection and Treatment?

Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. Surprisingly, gum disease can affect as many as 49 percent of adults. Gingivitis is the very first sign of gum disease and is totally reversible. As gingivitis progresses, the gum pockets around the teeth widen, allowing bacteria to enter these pockets and further infect the gums and bone. Disease detection is designed to check for signs of periodontal disease and begin treating it if it is found.

Why do you need Disease Detection and Treatment?

If left undetected and untreated, gum disease can quickly progress. In some cases, aggressive progression can begin and the gums and underlying bone become heavily infected. This can cause pain, tooth loss and bone loss that may require a variety of additional dental procedures. Periodontal disease detection can be done at each of your bi-annual dental appointments and treatment should be followed if signs of disease are found.

What makes you a good candidate for Disease Detection and Treatment?

Everyone should have periodontal disease screenings regularly. The actual procedure to screen for gum disease is easy and typically done by your hygienist. If you have gum disease, treatment may be required. These treatments can include a scaling and root planing to clean in the gum pockets as well as other periodontal procedures.

What happens during the procedure for Disease Detection and Treatment?

Your gums will be measured using a special tool before you have your dental cleaning. The hygienist marks numbers on your chart which can note signs of inflammation as well as gum disease. If you have gingivitis or gum disease, we will give you a treatment plan that helps to treat the underlying bacteria. Treatment of gum disease is meant to both prevent the disease from progressing as well as to save your existing teeth and bone. Adults of all ages will benefit from routine disease detection as well as subsequent treatment.

If you would like to undergo periodontal disease detection as well as treatment, call us today and our helpful staff will be more than happy to assist you.