At Huthwaite & Huthwaite, D.M.D., PC, we use many different techniques to treat periodontal disease. Treatment may vary with the severity of the infection, but control and reversal (where possible) are the goals of any treatment. Treatments may include deep cleaning, scaling and root planning, laser treatment, medications, bone/tissue grafts, tissue regeneration, tissue stimulation and flap surgery.
Periodontal disease — also referred to as pyorrhea and gum disease — is an infection of the gums that can damage and destroy teeth if left untreated. The term “periodontal disease” can apply to different severities of gum disease, such as gingivitis, periodontitis, aggressive periodontitis and chronic periodontitis.
The effects of gum disease can vary. In gingivitis, the milder form of gum disease, the gums may swell, bleed, and be generally uncomfortable. In periodontitis, the advanced form of gum disease, infection and subsequent inflammation of the gums will cause bacteria-filled pockets to form around the teeth and gums. These pockets can decay and destroy the teeth, gums and bones.
Side effects of gum disease can extend beyond the mouth. Some studies have found correlations between gum disease and heart disease, diabetes, premature birth, rheumatoid arthritis and dementia. These links may be caused by bacteria from the infected gums traveling into the bloodstream and vital organs. Inflammation in gum disease may also be responsible for some of the links to other diseases.
To have Dr. Lance W. Huthwaite inspect and clean your gums, please call us at 770-536-8868 or stop by our office in Gainesville, Georgia.