Periodontal Disease or Gum Disease Treatments
Gum Disease or Periodontal disease is accumulation of bacteria causing disease and breakdown in the gums, tissues, bones to breakdown support of the tooth structure and possibly cause to plaque to further deteriorate other systemic problems. Gum disease is actually an auto immune disease.
We naturally focus on a persons teeth when they smile, but healthy gums is also a must to project a healthy and youthful image.
GUM DISEASE is NOT Synonymous with GINGIVITIS. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums, without bone loss. Gingivitis is reversible, since there is no bone loss involved. When there is any bone loss it is classified as PERIODONTAL DISEASE. Periodontal Disease is classified into three (3) stages: Initial, Moderate and Advanced Periodontal Disease.
The cause of periodontal disease: is accumulation of plaque and growth of bacteria, in which if it remains undisturbed, it grows exponentially, producing end product of acidity in which breaks down the periodontal (supporting structure of the teeth) structure. Periodontal disease is caused by lack of proper oral hygiene maintenance, and it can advance further if the patient does not keep his or her periodontal maintenance appointment. Acidity in the mouth is also a major contributor to periodontal breakdown, and caries in the mouth. Genetics also plays a great role and the consistency of your saliva enzymes.
The most important way to diagnose Periodontal Disease is via complete dental X-Rays to diagnose any loss of BONE and of course periodontal examination and periodontal probing and pocket examination to determine the depth of the pockets. The depth of pocket is critical, as to how much food, plaque and bacteria can grow, in that sulcus to cause further disease. Periodontal disease can be chronic in which there is no sign of pain, till it reveals itself to an abscess. Certain gum diseases can be classified as acute or painful, however most periodontal disease is a chronic condition with absence of pain.
Periodontal disease stages:
Early Periodontal Disease– is the progression of gingival or gum inflammation, into the bone crest, revealing early bone loss, resulting in moderate pocket or sulcus formation of 4 to 6 mm.
Moderate Periodontal Disease– is more advanced stage of early gum disease, with increase destruction of the bone, and is associated with deeper pockets of 5 to 8 mm, there is tooth looseness or mobility of teeth associated with moderate periodontal disease.
Advanced periodontal Disease or Gum Disease- is associated with further progression of gum disease, with severe destruction of the bone, with increased pockets of 7 to 8 mm, revealing mobility and loose teeth, in addition of pus coming out of the gum pockets.
Periodontal disease or gum disease can cause vast number of problems such as (but not limited to) the following:
1- Root decay. A beautifully constructed crown, may need to be redone if the gum disease is not controlled, since the crown can not get cavity, nor the white fillings or inlays and onlays, but the root of the teeth due to deep pockets can get cavities or secondary caries, in which the crown, or the filling or the inlay needs to be redone.
2-Loss of bone can cause mobility of the roots, causing your teeth to shift and in some cases protrude forward.
3-Gum disease in most cases causes Halitosis or bad breath!
4-Can cause the foundation of your oral cavity to be compromised, and once the bone is gone, it does not grow back!
5- Can cause recessions of the gums, and exposure of the roots and cementum, in which the root can be sensitive, or is prone to get caries or abfraction due to normal brushing.
The Periodontal or Gum Treatment Indicated are Different:
Treatment for Early Periodontal Disease is usually Non surgical gum treatments , such as prophylaxis, root planning. and periodontal maintenance are indicated, surgical gum procedures such as gingevectomy, or gingival flap procedure surgery might also be indicated.
Treatment for Moderate Gum Disease is usually surgical and non surgical or the combination of both, such as scaling and root planning, gingevectomy, gingival flap surgery ( gum surgery), osseous or bone surgery, and possible guided tissue regeneration procedures.
Treatment for Advanced Periodontal Disease or Advanced Periodontitis, is all the nonsurgical treatments initially, to evaluate the progression of change and then surgical gum intervention, via gingevectomy, , gum curettage, gum flap surgery, osseous or bone surgery, guided tissue generation, and bone grafting.
Bad Breath or Halitosis, can be the domino effect of what periodontal diseases cause !
There is also acute Necrotizing Periodontal Disease “ANUG” which is a form of Disease that gets worse rapidly and can cause Pain, Bad Breath, Halitosis, a whitish film on the surface of the gum. People with these forms of Gum Disease may also develop fever or swollen glands.
The treatment for ANUG TYPICALLY INVOLVES:
- Complete Periodontal Evaluation including Dental X-Rays and Charting.
Scaling and Root Planning.
Full Mouth Antibiotic Debridement of the Gums.
Possible use of Antibiotics pills.
Chlorhexidine rinses prescribed by the Dentist.
Oral hygiene instruction and demonstration to the Patient.
Periodontal Disease is classified as a disease that can spread and destroy the Gums and Bone around the Teeth. In recent years we have linked Periodontal Disease to Systemic Ailment causing Heart Disease, Pulmonary Disease and the vast many other Systemic Problems.
It is of utmost importance to control the Periodontal Disease before starting “Cosmetic Dentistry or Restorative Dentistry Procedures” says Dr. Anthony Mobasser.
More than 75 percent of adults over 35, and 30 percent of the entire population suffer from some sort of periodontal disease. While heredity may be part of your problem, there can be other contributing factors. These include:
- Tobacco use
- Systemic disease
- The fluctuating hormonal levels of puberty, pregnancy or menopause
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. It is readily identifiable by red and swollen gums that bleed easily. Inflammation is caused by the bacteria in plaque that attacks all our teeth, as well.
Fortunately the treatment for gingivitis are : professional prophylaxis, full mouth scaling, root planning (deep cleaning, in conjunction with anti microbial medicament) in combination with careful oral hygiene practices such as regular brushing, flossing, mouth rinses and brushing your tongue which can reduce your propensity for gingivitis.
If periodontal disease is left untreated, you may face more serious problems. At this point, only professional dental treatment can help.
Should a problem be detected during your regular check, top cosmetic dentist Dr. Mobasser can help design the appropriate treatments.
Depending on the condition of your mouth, Dr Mobasser may prescribe products such as peridex, peroxyl, prevident 5000 plus, clinpro 5000,or Mi paste plus, cervitec plus to aid fight the bacteria till your next periodontal maintenance visit.
A vital portion of such treatments includes a routine cleaning to remove the hard calcium deposits that form over time. Cleaning also will remove any plaque and tartar deposits built up at the gum line. Removing these deposits also will sooth root surfaces, preventing future bacterial deposits leading to Halitosis.
Remember, healthy gums and teeth mean a healthy smile that radiates the you within.
Visit our dental offices in Los Angeles or Beverly Hills for regular professional cleanings and checkups.