Periodontal diseases are infections of the gum that can present without obvious symptoms. Left untreated, these infections can gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth leading to tooth loss. A substantial and increasing number of studies are showing strong links between periodontal disease and systemic diseases – like heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer, lung disorders, erectile dysfunction, stroke, and more.
Even with careful dental home care, many individuals can still experience some form of periodontal disease. According to 2014 CDC estimates, almost 50% of adults over age 50 have it and 20% have moderate-to-severe cases.
Gum disease, especially in its early stage (known as gingivitis), can develop with little-to-no symptoms. However, once gum disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress.
The most important thing to remember is that your gums should not bleed during brushing, flossing, or other activities, even if you are taking anticoagulants. Also, losing teeth is not a normal part of the aging process. It occurs as a result of trauma, disease, periodontitis, or decay. If you are concerned about losing your teeth, call your dentist or our office for evaluation.
South Florida Center for Periodontics & Implant Dentistry offers the most advanced, clinically-proven periodontal therapies for treating gum disease and restoring your smile.
As your premier destination in Delray Beach for periodontics and implant dentistry, we pride ourselves in being skilled and equipped with multiple methods and technologies to ensure you will receive the best, safest, and most predictable periodontal treatment available for your specific needs and circumstances.
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Delray Beach is a city in Palm Beach County, Florida, with a population of 66,846. The Linton settlers had established a post office and a store around the end of the 19th century, and the city received its name from the anglicized spelling of Del Rey, which was Spanish for “of the king.”
Will periodontal surgery solve the problems I am having with my gums?
Periodontal surgery may be recommended as a necessary component of treatment, but you will need to take good care of your teeth and gums at home and visit our office and your restorative dentist’s office on a regular basis for professional cleanings.
If left untreated, can periodontal disease affect my overall health?
Yes. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, “Research has shown that periodontal disease is associated with several other diseases. For a long time, it was thought that bacteria was the factor that linked periodontal disease to other diseases in the body. More recent research demonstrates that inflammation may be responsible for the association. Treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.”
What is an example of a benefit of cosmetic periodontal procedures?
Some people have teeth that look too short due to the relationship between their teeth and gums. A procedure called “crown lengthening” is often used to remove excess gum tissue and expose more of the crown of the tooth. In fact, your gum line can be carefully sculpted to create just the right proportion between gum tissue and tooth surface—and the result is a better-looking smile.