may have periodontal disease and not realize it. This disease
is the primary cause of the loss of teeth after 35. This inflammatory
disease attacks the gums, bone and other supporting structures
of the teeth. If caught in its early stages, however, periodontal
disease can be reversed with proper care.
The gums of a normal, healthy tooth reach up snugly onto the
enamel of the tooth, protecting the roots and bone structure.
Periodontal disease damages the gums and reduces their ability
to protect vulnerable areas.
Healthy gums are coral in color, firm and resilient.
Periodontal Disease, or simply
gum disease, is the single most common cause of tooth loss
A comprehensive oral examination, including x-rays, is crucial
to diagnosing periodontal disease. At that time, we will
use a special instrument called a periodontal probe to measure the depth
of the pocket between the tooth and the gum tissue. The pocket depth
measurement, clinical examination and x-rays help us determine the precise
location, extent and severity of gum disease.
The type of treatment you require depends on how advanced your
particular case is. Fortunately, you don’t have to lose
your teeth to gum disease. With today’s state-of-the-art
treatment procedures, you can feel assured that most teeth can