What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease (also called gum disease) is an inflammation of the tissues and bones that surround your teeth. It is caused by a bacterial infection and, if left untreated, periodontal disease can progress and result in the loss of teeth and bone. Periodontal disease has been linked to many other medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and dementia.
PERIODONTISTS RECEIVE SPECIALIZED TRAINING FOR GUM RELATED ISSUES
Drs. Jeffrey Ganeles, Frederic Norkin, Liliana Aranguren and Samuel Zfaz, have extensive training and are board certified in various periodontal procedures to restore and improve the oral health and function of their patients’ smiles. Our periodontists can perform a number of non-surgical, minimally invasive or surgical procedures as needed, to treat gum disease, place dental implants or to enhance cosmetics For years, a variety of treatment options have been used as effective treatments to bring health back to the smile and have been shown to have long-term, proven results.
THE CONVENIENCE OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY AND PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED DOCTORS
Your smile deserves the best, especially when it has already been through so much. Get the care you need from Drs. Jeffrey Ganeles, Frederic Norkin, Liliana Aranguren and Samuel Zfaz, who are all Diplomates of the American Board of Periodontology. Experience the difference expertise and the latest technology can make for a more effective, efficient, successful and convenient treatment plan.
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR EVERY SITUATION
Bone loss or Loose Teeth
Many people think of gum disease as a condition that effects only our gums or the “Soft tissue” surrounding our teeth. The truth is that gum diseases causes the destruction and erosion of the soft and the “Hard Tissue” or Bone that supports our teeth. When we encounter loose teeth or bone loss there are several different bone grafting methodologies to replace or regenerate the bone that supports your teeth to allow you to keep your natural teeth as long as possible and maintain the ability to eat and chew the foods that you love.
Gum disease causes inflammation and inflammation causes swelling. This can lead to gums that look puffy or overgrown. In many cases this is the first symptom that our patients notice. Sometimes the simple process of killing the bacteria and eliminating the inflammation is enough to shrink or tighten up the tissue around the teeth but if further correction is necessary, we have several different crown lengthening techniques to remove the tissue in a comfortable manner and restore a beautiful aesthetic look and feel to your smile.
Untreated gum disease is also a major cause to receding gums. Many of our patients ask questions regarding why their teeth look “long” or why they have big spaces or “black triangles” between their teeth. In these situations we have some of the latest techniques in Gum Grafting or “Root Coverage” to treat gum recession that do not require using tissue from the palate or other treatments that may be uncomfortable.
Bleeding Gums or Deep Pockets
Bleeding gums, bad breath, and deep pockets are common symptoms of moderate to advanced gum disease and are usually a precursor to more severe indications like tooth and bone loss. We have several minimally invasive methods including LANAP (Laser Therapy) and REP (Regenerative Endoscopic Procedure”) that can eliminate gum disease and allow the bone and soft tissue to naturally regenerate back to a healthy state. All of this without using a scalpel.
Tooth Loss or Missing Teeth
If you are missing one or more teeth it can have a dramatic impact on your lifestyle. Speech, eating, appearance, and your social life can all be effected by missing teeth. When it comes to missing teeth there are many dental implant options to replace and restore the look, feel, and function of your teeth long term. Because we are experts and specialists in “Hard and Soft Tissue” we are able to replace missing teeth and ensure the maximum predictability and aesthetic result.
Periodontal Health Effects
Studies have shown links between periodontal (gum) disease, heart disease and other health conditions. Research further suggests that gum disease may be a more serious risk for heart disease, more so than hypertension, smoking, cholesterol, gender or age. Researcher’s conclusions suggest that bacteria present in infected gums can become loose and move throughout the body through the bloodstream. Once bacteria reach the arteries, they can irritate them in the same way that they irritate gum tissue, causing arterial plaque, which can cause hardening and affects blood-flow.