PERIODONTICS THERAPY FOR GUM DISEASE
Did you know that gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss in adults? At the office of Michael Aiello, DDS – we take gum disease extremely seriously. Not only does it impact the health of our patients’ smiles – it also has a direct correlation with health conditions like heart disease, stroke, premature labor and diabetes.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a condition where plaque biofilm builds up under the gum tissues. This causes the gum to detach, creating a deep pocket around the tooth. Due to how difficult these areas are to clean, the pocket continues to deepen. This causes bone loss around the tooth, as well as symptoms like:
- Tooth Mobility or Loss
- Receded Gumlines
- Bleeding, Swollen Gums
- Bad Breath
Mild to moderate periodontal disease is usually treated through a series of scaling and root planing procedures (“deep cleanings”) where the plaque and tartar deposits are thoroughly removed from the teeth. This creates a clean environment that is easier to maintain, allowing the gum tissues to reattach to the tooth.
For patients with moderate to severe periodontal disease – check out our in-house LANAP procedure. Laser gum treatments are ideal for patients that need more intense therapy than just a deep cleaning. With LANAP, Dr. Aiello can help you save your smile without surgery.
We perform a thorough gum disease screening during every patient check-up. This periodontal screening assesses the attachment levels on every tooth – so that we can pinpoint early problems when they are easier to address. If you suspect that you may have gum disease or have never had a periodontal screening before – call Michael Aiello, DDS today.
Please also ask about our root canal therapy if you or a loved one are experiencing severe pain from dental trauma or fractured teeth.