Gum disease, or periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and the most prevalent disease world wide. It is estimated that over 80% of the adult population has some level of periodontal (gum) disease. The risk of diabetes and low birth weight babies as well as certain pneumonias in the elderly increase in patients with gum disease.
Periodontal disease is a progressive inflammatory disease that leads to bone loss and eventual tooth loss. It is a serious condition that begins with a build-up of plaque and bacteria on the teeth and below the gum. The first and reversible phase of periodontal disease is gingivitis, a bacterial infection of the gum tissue. Left untreated, the infection can progress causing destruction of the bone and soft tissue that supports the teeth. This irreversible stage of gum disease is Periodontits.
Periodontal disease can go unnoticed by the patient for many years. Unfortunately once a person has symptoms it is often in its late stages and difficult to treat. However if caught early it can be successfully managed through education, proper oral hygiene, and treatments that rejuvenate and restore gum health in the early stages or help manage the bacterial infection in more advanced stages.
If you have gum disease, a deep cleaning may be the first step toward healing. Deep cleaning involves two primary procedures: scaling and root planning. Other adjunctive therapies may be required to further treat some forms of the disease. At Muntwyler Dentistry we have a team of highly skilled Dental Hygienists who will help treat and manage all levels of gum disease.
Call Dr. Muntwyler's Etobicoke dental office today to learn more about our periodontal treatment program.