If left untreated, gum disease can lead to severe damage of the mouth including tooth loss. Like the common health issue of high blood pressure, periodontitis is a“silent”disease and infection, that may not be physically evident to the patient until it is severely too late. Our team of dentists and hygienists at Grove Dental Associates, have a passion for treating and preventing this disease with early diagnosis and gum measurements at every check up appointment.
Periodontitis is a chronic bacterial infection of the supporting tissues(jawbone and gum tissues) that hold your teeth in place, and affects peopleof all ages. Poor oral hygiene, health conditions, tobacco use, and certain medicationsare frequent contributors to gum infections. Periodontal disease usually begins as gingivitis, and if not treated, can advance to periodontitis.
Signs of gingivitis include red and swollen gums that bleed easily. As plaque spreads and grows below the gumline, toxins are produced by the bacteria in the plaque. The toxins then stimulate a chronic inflammatory response, making the body turn on itself, destroying the tissue and bone that support the teeth. Gums separate from the teeth, forming pockets that then become infected and simultaneously defect the surrounding jawbone. If the disease is not treated, the pockets deepen and eventually teeth can become loose and may have to be removed.
Gum disease can often be prevented and reversed by following your dentist’s advice for good oral hygiene habits. For more advanced cases of gum disease, Grove Dental Associates offers the professional treatment of SCRP(scaling and root planning) or LANAP. Scaling and root planning is the staple treatment for early to moderate periodontal disease, and is done by our registered dental hygienists. Comparatively,the LANAP(Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) surgery is a laser periodontal therapy performed by Dr. Audrey Crawford. LANAP is used to treat the gum disease and the bone loss associated with it; LANAP is a“no-sew surgery” and is a successful alternative to conventional periodontal flapsurgery.