Gum disease is a serious dental infection of the gums that can progress into the surrounding bone. Most people who have gum disease often don’t know they have it because there is rarely pain until it is very severe.
Early symptoms include bleeding when flossing and bad-breath. If gum disease is left untreated, the first stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, progresses into the surrounding bone where it becomes irreversible periodontal disease. As periodontal disease becomes more advanced, teeth will also start to become loose as the disease causes progressive bone loss around the teeth.
Recent studies have found that other diseases and medical conditions are associated with gum disease including the following: heart disease, stroke, kidney and bladder infections, respiratory infections (pneumonia and bronchitis), premature births in pregnant women, Alzheimer’s disease, and even diabetes.
Treatment for gingivitis and periodontal disease starts with an accurate and thorough diagnosis during a complete comprehensive examination. The goal is to help you save your teeth and to teach you how to be a part of the process to keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime.
We treat periodontal disease and gingivitis in our Ventura dental office using the most advanced dental techniques. These include ultrasonic instruments with warm antibacterial irrigation, non-surgical instrumentation, laser treatments, time released local chemotherapeutics, and advanced home care techniques. In more advanced stages of periodontal disease, Dr. Kroll may work with a gum specialist, known as a periodontist.
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