Get Periodontal Disease Treatment With Your Ladera Ranch Dentist
The gums are the foundation for our teeth. It is a complex system containing the bone that holds the teeth, the ligaments that attach the bone to the teeth, and the soft tissue that covers it.
Within this complex system, there are many blood vessels which carry valuable nutrients to the mouth. This system is connected to the rest of the body.
Research today shows the connection between the mouth and the body. There is a connection between periodontal disease and other systemic disease such as:
– Heart Disease
– Alzheimer’s Disease
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is an infection of bacteria in the gums that has caused the body to react and inflame the gums.
The body attempts to fight off these bacteria by sending blood to the gums full of the natural body’s immune response. Thus the gums will bleed when touched in gingivitis.
Gingivitis is a condition that needs addressing and a treatment plan to address the problem. Dr. Parker has taken the time to learn the latest techniques and proven ways to actually help his patients eliminate gingivitis and the chronic inflammation that comes from it.
Chronic inflammation will increase your risk for stroke and heart disease. This is something we are passionate about and are proud to help our patients with.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is the natural progression of gingivitis. When the bacteria are allowed to continue to infect the gums, the body will degrade the bone surrounding the teeth in an attempt to fight off the bacteria. As the bone degrades, pockets form in the gums and the gums can recede or the teeth can loosen.
There are various stages of severity of periodontal disease. Dr. Parker will tailor a plan specific to the severity of the disease for each of his patients and together work to stop the progression and eradicate it completely.
The peace of mind and confidence that comes from knowing your gums are in a complete healthy state is powerful.
What is Bacteria DNA testing?
Dr. Parker and Kristi are able to test the fluid in the infected gums and send it to a laboratory for testing to determine the actual bacteria that are present in the gums.
There are over 10 types of bacteria that cause gingivitis and periodontal disease and some require special modules of treatment. Testing for which bacteria are causing inflammation and disease is crucial to actually treating it. With this information, the patient also gets a clear picture of what is going on in their mouth.
When there is no bleeding and no bone loss, a healthy cleaning every 6 months and good home care should keep things in top shape. We love to educate our patients on the most effective ways to take great care of their gums and teeth in order to avoid problems in the future and have total confidence in their oral health.
Come on by our Ladera Ranch office and meet Kristi, our hygienist. Her skills will change your mind about dental cleanings and you will understand why patients love having her clean their teeth! Call us now to schedule an appointment if you are in the Mission Viejo – Rancho Santa Margarita area!