We have two licensed periodontal therapists on staff so that our patients don’t have to alternate between different offices. With Periodontal (gum) disease being one of the leading causes of tooth loss, it’s vital that we provide our patients with the full range of periodontal diagnosis and periodontal gum treatment services.
Periodontal disease is an infection causing bone loss around teeth or dental implants. It is caused by multiple factors including genetic predisposition. Identifying your personal risk factors is the first step of our Diagnosis.
Over 90% of People with gum disease have NO Symptoms! The infection from the disease can progress for years without any pain or noticeable bleeding, while eating away at the bone and affecting your overall health.
To add this problem, the U.S. Center for Disease Control studies show that active periodontal disease is missed 50% of the time. This is why it’s vital to have a periodontal exam with a dentist who understands how to diagnose periodontal disease.
Our primary goal when treating periodontal disease is to control the infection. Dr. Linger and our Licensed Periodontal Therapists will create a custom treatment plan based on your level of disease and individual risk factors.
FACT: With good oral hygiene and regular professional care, your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. However, if left untreated, periodontal (gum) disease can lead to tooth loss. It is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults 35 and over.
FACT: Research proves that up to 30% of the population may be genetically susceptible to gum disease. Despite aggressive oral care habits, these people may be six times more likely to develop periodontal disease. Identifying these people with a genetic test before they even show signs of the disease and getting them into early interventive treatment may help them keep their teeth for a lifetime.
FACT: Emerging research links periodontal disease to other health problems including Stroke, Heart Disease, diabetes and respiratory diseases; preterm, low birthweight babies; stroke; osteoporosis; and diabetes.
FACT: The mass of tissue in the oral cavity is equivalent to the skin on your arm that extends from the wrist to the elbow. If this area was red, swollen, and infected, you would visit the doctor. Gum disease is not a small infection. Its result, tooth loss, leads to a very different lifestyle—dentures. The changes in your appearance, breath, and ability to chew food are dramatic.
FACT: Bleeding gums are one of nine warning signs of gum disease. Think of gum tissue as the skin on your hand. If your hands bled every time you washed them, you would know something is wrong. Other signs of gum disease include: red, swollen or tender gums; sores in your mouth; gums that have pulled away from the teeth; persistent bad breath; pus between the teeth and gums (leaving bad breath); loose or separating teeth; a change in the way the teeth fit together; and a change in the fit of partial dentures. Periodontal gum treatment is required typically.
FACT: New periodontal procedures including local anesthesia and over-the-counter medications, have made patients’ treatment experiences pleasant and comfortable. Many patients find they are back to normal routines on the same day or by the next day.
Dr. Linger and our Hygienists use Global Surgical Microscopes on all procedures, which gives them a tremendous advantage over traditional dental treatment. Scientific studies show that using the surgical microscope coupled with the principles of microsurgery provide patients with the following benefits:
Regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are important for maintaining your health and the health of your smile. You don’t have to lose teeth to periodontal disease, and by practicing good oral hygiene at home, you can significantly reduce your chances of ever getting gum disease. Remember to brush regularly, clean between your teeth, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits to help keep your smile healthy.