Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums, that gradually breaks down the bony support of your natural teeth. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. Since gum disease is often painless, you may not know you have it. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that Chronic periodontitis affects 47% of adults over 30 in the United States. This equals approximately 64.7 million Americans and the prevalence only increases in adults aged 65 and older to 70.1 percent.
At Coral Family Dentistry, Dr. Rutsis and her tenured hygienists screen for periodontal disease during all routine exams. There are numerous types of periodontal disease, each requiring specfic treatments. Detailed data is gathered at new patient exams and routine cleanings to make an accurate periodontal diagnosis and treatment recommendation.
How is periodontal disease treated?
While regular dental cleanings can help prevent and identify periodontal disease; they do not effectively treat periodontal disease. Treatment of periodontal disease depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. The first step is scaling and root planing often known to as a ‘ deep cleaning.’ This technique removes plaque and tartar deposits below the gum line. as well as smoothes the root surfaces to promote healing. In most cases of early gum disease, scaling and root planing in addition to continued daily cleaning at home will stop the progression of gum disease.