Helping You Win the Fight Against Gum Disease
Healthy gums are the foundation for strong, beautiful, and functional teeth. When gum disease threatens the integrity of your smile, Dr. Danny Joseph, DDS and his team can help. We offer treatment for combating the harmful effects of periodontal infection, protecting you against potential tooth loss, jawbone decay, and spreading inflammation.
Along with innovative treatment, we focus on patient education to help you better understand the connection between oral and overall health, and how to take the best possible care of your smile.
Visit our office today for your initial consultation or to speak to our knowledgeable team members.
Your Periodontal Treatment with Dr. Danny Joseph, DDS
At our periodontal practice, we employ our specialized knowledge and treatment techniques to restore you to optimal oral health, eliminating signs of periodontal infection for good.
We support your periodontal health through procedures such as scaling and root planing, which removes the infection from beneath the gum line. During your deep cleaning, Dr. Joseph thoroughly cleans along the roots of teeth, smoothing the surface to prevent reinfection. This treatment process also helps gum tissue heal and reattach to the teeth.
As an experienced periodontist, Dr. Joseph is certified in the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique®, a non-invasive treatment method for receding gums. This involves using specially designed dental tools and there is no cutting or stitching, so healing time is quicker.
Signs You May Have Gum Disease
Periodontal or gum disease is an infection of the soft tissue around your teeth. In the earliest stage, known as gingivitis, gums are typically red and swollen. The most common contributing factor is poor oral hygiene allowing bacteria to create dental plaque that irritates the gums.
If left untreated, gum disease advances as plaque hardens into tartar and the bacteria move below the gum line where regular brushing and flossing can’t reach.
Continued neglect leads to periodontitis, the most severe and threatening form of gum disease. This is when tooth decay, bone recession, and tooth loss are often inevitable.
If you are experiencing any of the following, please contact our team right away:
- Receding gums that expose the tooth root
- Sensitive, swollen, and bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Mild to severe discomfort in the mouth
Types of Periodontal Disease
There are many different varieties of periodontal disease, and many ways in which these variations manifest themselves. All require immediate treatment by a periodontist to halt the progression and save the gum tissue and bone.
Here are some of the most common types of periodontal disease along with the treatments typically performed to correct them:
Gingivitis is the mildest and most common form of periodontitis. It is caused by the toxins in plaque and leads to periodontal disease. People at increased risk of developing gingivitis include pregnant women, women taking birth control pills, people with uncontrolled diabetes, steroid users and people who control seizures and blood pressure using medication.
Treatment: Gingivitis is easily reversible using a solid combination of home care and professional cleaning. The dentist may perform root planing and deep scaling procedures to cleanse the pockets of debris. A combination of antibiotics and medicated mouthwashes may be used to kill any remaining bacteria and promote the good healing of the pockets.
Chronic Periodontal Disease
Chronic periodontal disease is the most common form of the disease, and occurs much more frequently in people over 45. Chronic periodontal disease is characterized by inflammation below the gum line and the progressive destruction of the gingival and bone tissue. It may appear that the teeth are gradually growing in length, but in actuality the gums are gradually recessing.
Treatment: Unfortunately unlike gingivitis, chronic periodontal disease cannot be completely cured because the supportive tissue cannot be rebuilt. However, the dentist can halt the progression of the disease using scaling and root planing procedures in combination with antimicrobial treatments. If necessary, the periodontist can perform surgical treatments such as pocket reduction surgery and also tissue grafts to strengthen the bone and improve the aesthetic appearance of the oral cavity.
Aggressive Periodontal Disease
Aggressive periodontal disease is characterized by the rapid loss of gum attachment, the rapid loss of bone tissue and familial aggregation. The disease itself is essentially the same as chronic periodontitis but the progression is much faster. Smokers and those with a family history of this disease are at an increased risk of developing aggressive periodontitis.
Treatment: The treatments for aggressive periodontal disease are the same as those for chronic periodontal disease, but aggressive periodontal disease sufferers are far more likely to require a surgical intervention. This form of the disease is harder to halt and treat, but the dentist will perform scaling, root planing, antimicrobial, and in some cases laser procedures in an attempt to save valuable tissue and bone.
Periodontal Disease Relating to Systemic Conditions
Periodontal disease can be a symptom of a disease or condition affecting the rest of the body. Depending on the underlying condition, the disease can behave like aggressive periodontal disease, working quickly to destroy tissue. Heart disease, diabetes and respiratory disease are the most common cofactors, though there are many others. Even in cases where little plaque coats the teeth, many medical conditions intensify and accelerate the progression of periodontal disease.
Treatment: Initially, the medical condition which caused the onset of periodontal disease must be controlled. The dentist will halt the progression of the disease using the same treatments used for controlling aggressive and chronic periodontal disease.
Necrotizing Periodontal Disease
This form of the disease rapidly worsens and is more prevalent among people who suffer from HIV, immunosuppression, malnutrition, chronic stress or choose to smoke. Tissue death (necrosis) frequently affects the periodontal ligament, gingival tissues and alveolar bone.
Treatment: Necrotizing periodontal disease is extremely rare. Because it may be associated with HIV or another serious medical condition, it is likely the dentist will consult with a physician before commencing treatment. Scaling, root planing, antibiotic pills, medicated mouth wash and fungicidal medicines are generally used to treat this form of the disease.
Restore Your Gum Health Today!
Our team provides you with the care you need to preserve your oral health. Contact our office today to take the first step to a healthy, long-lasting smile!