More people lose their teeth due to periodontal disease than for any other reason. Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is an infection of the gums, ligaments and bone that support your teeth. Gums infected with periodontal disease are toxic reservoirs of disease-causing bacteria. These toxins breed and gradually destroy the very jaw bone that supports your teeth. Bleeding gums can create an opening that allows these bacteria to enter your bloodstream and advance to your heart and other organs. There is some evidence that connects periodontal disease to heart and lung infection and stroke.
If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, our hygienist will recommend a period of Active Treatment - a customized approach designed to arrest this disease. Details including treatment benefits and fees will be explained in consultation. Working with your consent and values, we decide together how best to treat and manage this disease. Whether you wish to retain your own natural teeth or wish to have your teeth replaced with prosthetics as you age, adequate quality jaw bone is still a requirement. The best course of action is to preserve your natural tissue. We can help!