Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum and the bones around your teeth which can lead to bleeding, pain, sensitivity, bone destruction, and eventual tooth loss. Indeed, periodontal disease is the most common reason for tooth loss world-wide. Part of the reason is because periodontal disease is usually ‘silent’; meaning that individuals with the disease are often unaware of it until they begin to lose teeth. Periodontal disease has been linked to bad breath, stroke, heart attack, Alzheimer’s, pneumonia, diabetes, pregnancy complications, and many other health conditions. This is why dentists of today will monitor your pockets and your gums for periodontal disease. If they notice that you may be getting periodontal disease they will often refer you to a periodontist for comprehensive evaluation and treatment.
Periodonstists can evaluate and determine the extent of your disease. Periodontal treatment can make your mouth healthier and help preserve your teeth. It can range from some simple oral hygiene tricks and tips to LANAP to pocket reduction surgery.