Periodontal Disease

Gum disease is a serious issue that needs to be diagnosed, treated, and prevented as soon as possible. Gum disease often starts out with a little gingival or gum irritation. The first clue may be bleeding when a patient brushes or flosses their teeth. This inflammation is known as gingivitis. This can often be cleared up with a thorough cleaning by Dr. Ingber and staff along with some home care.



The next step of progression is periodontitis. This is when the gum irritation spreads beneath the gums and goes to the bone. It will affect the bone and start to actually dissolve the bone underneath the gums. This will result in pocketing around the teeth. A periodontal probe is used to measure the pocket depth. The deeper the pockets, the more invasive the bacteria have already become that caused the pockets. Once these pockets start, they trap bacteria. The more that is trapped, the more aggressive the bacteria becomes. The pockets grow deeper, patients have trouble with bleeding during dental care, and the next thing they know, their tooth becomes loose because the amount of bone holding it in is greatly compromised. The progression will continue until the tooth falls out or requires extraction due to the bone loss.

Dr. Bhola of Metropolitan Dental Center is able to stop the progression of gum disease with periodontal techniques combined with an at-home care regimen for patients to follow. The periodontal specialist at our office, Dr. Bhola, can perform a number of periodontal surgeries in order to address periodontal disease. These procedures may include deep pocket cleanings, flap procedures, as well as bone and soft tissue grafting. Together with Dr. Ingber, Dr. Bhola can work with a patient to reverse the symptoms of periodontal disease and assist patients in recovering their beautiful smile.

With many studies showing the link of periodontal disease with other medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and risk of stroke, it is essential that patients see a member of Dr. Ingber's staff at the first sign of gum disease. The periodontists, dental hygienists, and specialists at Metropolitan Dental Center will be able to diagnose the disease and provide an effective treatment to avoid progression and irreversible problems from occurring.

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