At the Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we have decades of experience treating general dental needs, as well as the most complicated cosmetic and reconstructive concerns. Good periodontal health is a foundational component of a healthy smile and our experienced dentist, Robert Rioseco, DMD, offers the full scope of periodontal services to prevent, detect, and effectively treat all stages of gum disease.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a degenerative disorder of the gums and boney tissue surrounding teeth. This disease is caused by genetic propensities as well as by accumulation of bacterial plaque on the teeth, which creates an inflammatory response. It is the inflammatory response that causes the breakdown of gingival and bone tissues, leading to gum recession, bone recession, and, ultimately, tooth loss.
The most common symptoms of gum disease can include:
When periodontal disease has advanced, the symptoms typically become more severe and may also include:
Severe gum disease can also have a negative affect on your overall health and has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, respiratory disease, and certain types of cancer.
Gum disease has three stages:
Treatment of this disease must be done by a team approach. The members of that team begin with the patient, hygienist, and Dr. Rioseco. In more advanced stages of the disease, patients may be asked to have a specialist or periodontist brought onto the team. Our periodontal treatments include the following:
If you would like more information on our periodontal services, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our cosmetic dentists, please contact The Center for Cosmetic Dentistry today.