Periodontal disease is the second stage of Gingivitis. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums due to the accumulation of bacteria and plaque. A later stage of this condition leads to a severe gum disease known as periodontal disease or periodontitis.
What causes periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease or periodontitis is a major disease affecting the gums of a person. It is an inflammatory condition which affects the gums, ligaments, and bones of the teeth. The accumulation of the bacteria leads to swelling of the gums, which in-turn causes the gums to separate from the surface of the teeth. When plaque and tartar accumulate on the surface of the teeth, they infect the nearby gums as well. This would lead to a condition called gingivitis. When gingivitis become severe, it leads to periodontitis. Patients should be cautious and visit their dentist immediately if they begin to notice blood while brushing their teeth.
What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a serious dental condition. During the early stages of the infection, the disease can lead to a severe health problem such as cardiovascular disorder.
Here are some of the early signs of the disease:
- Gums appear swollen.
- Gums bleed while brushing the teeth.
- Unpleasant smell from the mouth.
- Development of pus between the teeth and gums.
How to treat periodontal disease?
Arestin® is an effective antibiotic treatment of chronic periodontitis, an inflammation of the gums. Arestin® comes in powder form and contains “Microspheres”, tiny bead-like particles that are smaller than a grain of sand and are not visible to the naked eye. The Microspheres are filled with the antibiotic, minocycline, and is released into the infected periodontal pocket, killing bacteria that live there for up to 21 days. Dr. Yankie and her hygienists are certified and trained to administer Arestin® to maximize effective periodontal treatment. Dr. Yankie’s practice at Mill Valley can now provide patients with a pain-free laser solution to treat periodontal disease.
Lasers have been in medicine since the 1960s and have seeped into most medical fields since then. Introduced to dentistry in 1989, they are used to treat an array of conditions with virtually no pain and extraordinary precision. Laser dentistry now takes treatment of gingival conditions, such as periodontal disease and cosmetic gum, contouring to a new level of advancement.
Laser treatment can be used to treat gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontal disease. The therapy is used to eliminate microbes and remove infected tissues as well. They're also used during reshaping the gums.
The type of laser that Dr. Yankie’s practice at Mill Valley has invested in is called the Biolase Waterlase laser technology. The Biolase Waterlase technology is known to be one of the cutting edge technology in the field of dentistry to treat periodontal disease without the need for drills or needles. This technology is known to be virtually painless. The combination of water, spray, and laser makes it a safe and hassle-free procedure to treat your gum disease. The Biolase Waterlase technology is known to be very convenient and safe to use. This new technology proves itself to be an advantage for people with busy schedules as most of your procedures can be finished in a single visit.
Book an appointment with Dr. Yankie and we shall guide you more on periodontal care.