Some studies suggest as many as 75 percent of Americans have some form of gum disease. There are three primary stages to be aware of, starting with gingivitis, which is the initial inflammation of gum tissue and is most easily reversed. This leads to periodontitis, which is when the fibers and bone tissue begin to break down and people are at risk of losing teeth. Finally, there is advanced periodontitis, which is when the fibers and bone tissue become completely destroyed. As soon as people notice the initial symptoms of gingivitis, they should schedule consultations with our dentist in Gettysburg, PA immediately.
Dangers of Not Treating Gum Disease Promptly
Since the bacterial infection will eventually impact the jawbone tissue, it can lead to teeth becoming loose. Over time, teeth can fall out entirely, and without the roots of teeth providing stimulation to the jawbone, the bone tissue will begin to deteriorate. The body resorbs this tissue when it is no longer in use, and this leads to a dilapidated, sunken appearance in the face.
Bacterial infections may start in the mouth, but scientific studies suggest they can impact other areas of the body, too. Gum disease has been linked to rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. Studies have also found that people with periodontal disease have a greater risk of suffering from high blood pressure.
Laser Gum Therapy Is an Effective Treatment
Our office uses the BIOLASE WaterLaw iPlus to treat periodontal disease in a manner that results in less bleeding and discomfort. Through laser gum surgery, our dentists can specifically target diseased gum tissue without having to use a scalpel. Patients also get to enjoy quicker recovery times.
Our Office Is Here for You
Patients concerned for their oral health should contact the office of Dr. Eric C. Seidel at Gettysburg Dental Associates in Gettysburg, PA. Our team will help your teeth and gums return to normal with the most advanced treatments available.