Gum Disease

A periodontal disease is the inflammation of supporting structure around teeth. This disease ranges from simple inflammation of gum tissue (gingivitis) to major inflammation that also causes significant damage and loss of supporting bone around teeth (periodontitis).

Periodontal disease is a slow progressing disease that does not cause pain and may go unnoticed. Patient’s susceptibility and presence of bacteria are the major causative factors. Additional factors such as smoking and uncontrolled diabetes accelerate disease progression and reduce the success of treatment.

Untreated periodontitis and presence of chronic inflammation will negatively impact oral health as well as the overall health. Dental abscesses, loos teeth, pain and premature loss of teeth are examples of such. Untreated periodontal disease has also been linked to diabetes, heart disease and premature birth.

Once a patient is diagnosed with this condition and the severity of the disease is measured, a periodontist and a general dentist work together to treat this condition and to prevent future recurrence. Depending on the severity of the disease, the treatment plan may involve deep cleaning of diseased teeth to minor periodontal surgery to eliminate bacteria infested pockets.

After your initial assessment, Dr. Hosseini will discuss a customized care plan that will be best suited for your particular condition.