Periodontal Gum Disease

Periodontal Gum Disease
Oklahoma City, OK

Periodontal Gum DiseaseThe term “periodontal” means “around the tooth.” Periodontal disease (also known as periodontitis and gum disease) is a common inflammatory condition that affects the supporting and surrounding soft tissues of the tooth, eventually affecting the jawbone itself in the disease’s most advanced stages.

Periodontal disease is most often preceded by gingivitis which is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue.  A bacterial infection affects the gums when the toxins contained in plaque begin to irritate and inflame the gum tissues.  Once this bacterial infection colonizes in the gum pockets between the teeth, it becomes much more difficult to remove and treat.   Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that eventually leads to the destruction of the connective tissue and jawbone.  If left untreated, it can cause shifting teeth, loose teeth, and eventually tooth loss.

Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the developed world and should always be promptly treated.

Types of Periodontal Disease

When left untreated, gingivitis (mild gum inflammation) can spread to below the gum line.  When the gums become irritated by the toxins contained in plaque, a chronic inflammatory response causes the body to break down and destroy its own bone and soft tissue.  There may be little or no symptoms as periodontal disease causes the teeth to separate from the infected gum tissue.  Deepening pockets between the gums and teeth are generally indicative that soft tissue and bone is being destroyed by periodontal disease.

Dentistry for You OKC – Treating Gum Disease

We are renowned for our expertise in treating gum disease, we offer a wide range of dental services with a focus on patient care and advanced treatments.

Early detection is key in managing gum disease. Symptoms like bleeding gums, bad breath, and sensitivity should prompt a dental visit. Gum disease is not just a dental issue; it’s linked to heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems, making its management vital for overall health.

Treatment Approaches at Dentistry for You OKC

Periodontal Gum DiseaseFrom the initial consultation to the detailed treatment plan, Dentistry for You OKC offers both non-surgical and surgical options tailored to each patient’s needs.

Preventive Care and Maintenance Prevention is better than cure. Regular dental check-ups and proper home care are emphasized to maintain oral health and prevent gum disease.

Patient Testimonials and Success Stories Hear from patients who have successfully treated their gum disease at Dentistry for You OKC, and learn how it changed their oral health for the better.

Cost and Insurance Considerations Understanding the costs and navigating insurance for gum disease treatment can be daunting, but Dentistry for You OKC offers guidance and transparent pricing.

Latest Technologies and Techniques in Gum Disease Treatment Staying ahead with the latest in dental technology and techniques is a hallmark of Dentistry for You OKC, ensuring the best possible treatment outcomes.

Aftercare and Long-term Management Post-treatment care is crucial. The clinic provides comprehensive aftercare guidelines and long-term management plans for lasting oral health.


Common Misconceptions about Gum Disease

Dispelling myths about gum disease is important for awareness and early treatment. Learn the facts from dental experts. Early intervention can prevent the progression of gum disease and save not only your teeth but also improve your overall health.


Here are some of the most common types of periodontal disease:

Chronic periodontitis – Inflammation within supporting tissues cause deep pockets and gum recession.  It may appear the teeth are lengthening, but in actuality, the gums (gingiva) are receding.  This is the most common form of periodontal disease and is characterized by progressive loss of attachment, interspersed with periods of rapid progression.


Aggressive periodontitis – This form of gum disease occurs in an otherwise clinically healthy individual.  It is characterized by rapid loss of gum attachment, chronic bone destruction and familial aggregation.


Necrotizing periodontitis – This form of periodontal disease most often occurs in individuals suffering from systemic conditions such as HIV, immunosuppression and malnutrition.  Necrosis (tissue death) occurs in the periodontal ligament, alveolar bone and gingival tissues.


Periodontitis caused by systemic disease – This form of gum disease often begins at an early age.  Medical condition such as respiratory disease, diabetes and heart disease are common cofactors.Request Appointment