What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?

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What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?

Periodontal disease is most often preceded by gingivitis which is a bacterial caused inflammation of the gum tissue.  A bacterial infection affects the gums when the toxins contained in plaque begin to irritate and inflame the gum tissues.  Once this bacterial infection colonizes in the gum pockets between the teeth, it becomes much more difficult to remove and treat. Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that eventually leads to the destruction of the connective tissue between the tooth and bone and eventually the jawbone. If left untreated, it can lead to shifting teeth, loose teeth and eventually tooth loss.

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Types of Periodontal Disease

There are many surgical and nonsurgical treatments Dr. Escarsega may choose to perform, depending upon the exact condition of the teeth, gums and jawbone. There are different types and stages of Periodontal Disease. Dr. Escarsega will evaluate with you and discuss options. A complete periodontal exam of the mouth will be done before any treatment is performed or recommended.

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Treatment for Periodontal Disease

When left untreated, gingivitis (mild gum inflammation) can spread to below the gum line.  When the gums become irritated by the toxins contained in plaque, a chronic inflammatory response causes the body to break down and destroy its own bone and soft tissue.  There may be little or no symptoms as periodontal disease causes the teeth to separate from the infected gum tissue.  Deepening pockets between the gums and teeth are generally indicative that soft tissue and bone is being destroyed by periodontal disease. There are different types and stages of Periodontal Disease. Dr. Escarsega will evaluate with you and discuss treatment options.

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