Diagnosing periodontal disease:
How do i tell if i have Gum disease ? What signs or symptoms do i look out for ?
What happens if I ignore Gum (periodontal) Disease ? What's the worst that can happen ?
Diabetes and Risks of Periodontal Disease:
What is the connection between diabetes and periodontal disease ? Click on this link to watch a video
What is Deep Cleaning (SRP - Scaling and Root Planing) ?
Why and when Dr. Sirivolu & Dr. Patel recommend this cleaning for our patients?
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. We have many choices of treatment for periodontal disease.