Periodontal & Regenerative Care
Gum Disease and Tooth Loss
Poor oral hygiene and infrequent visits to the dental hygienist can lead to severe problems with the gums and teeth. At Greenwood Park Dentistry we are experienced in treating gum disease in its early and advanced stages.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum diseases, occurs when bacteria accumulate in the area between the teeth and gums. This excess of bacteria can lead to infection and eventual deterioration of the gum. If left untreated, it can also lead to loss of teeth.
The symptoms of gum disease do not always emerge until the disease has reached its advanced stages. That is why regular checkups are so important in preventing this disease. At each visit we remove the hardened plaque that has built up along the gum line. If we detect the signs or symptoms of disease, we can prescribe a treatment plan for your individual needs.
When periodontal disease is allowed to progress, it can damage the gums, the ligaments around the teeth and the underlying bone, and cause teeth to loosen or become diseased, which could lead to eventual loss of teeth. This condition is called periodontitis and it always requires treatments and potential surgeries to correct.
In a regenerative procedure, also known as a bone graft, we can help your body re-grow the soft and hard tissues surrounding your teeth, making it possible to anchor replacement teeth in place.
Prevention and Treatment
If detected early enough, gum disease can be prevented or even reversed. Both Dr. Tabesh and Jillian are experienced in identifying and treating periodontal disease. If you have any concerns or have noticed any of the following symptoms, please contact our office for an examination:
- red, swollen gums
- pain and sensitivity
- persistent bad breath
- bleeding during brushing or flossing
- loose teeth