Gum disease — also defined as pyorrhea and periodontal disease — is an infection of the gums that harms teeth when left untreated. Recognizing how this disorder affects much of the population can help motivate and prepare you to fight its harmful effects.
Although we often group periodontal disorders under the umbrella term “periodontal disease,” those words can apply to different levels of disorders. These conditions include gingivitis, periodontitis, aggressive periodontitis and chronic periodontitis.
The less severe form of gum disease, referred to as gingivitis, causes gums to swell and bleed. Fortunately, gingivitis is curable with services from a dentist. Gingivitis may evolve to periodontitis if tartar is not removed from the gums over time. In periodontitis, tartar spreads under the gums, and bacteria in the tartar weaken and inflame the gums to make bacteria-filled sacks which decay bone and loosen chompers.
Treatment options for periodontal disease may vary with the seriousness of the infection, but control and reversal (where possible) are the goals of any treatment. Procedures may include deep cleaning, scaling and root planning, laser treatment, medications, bone/tissue grafts, tissue regeneration, tissue stimulation and flap surgery.
Our mission is to keep your chompers clean and to reverse destruction from tooth-decaying bacteria. Please call our office today at (757) 827-9114 to schedule a checkup with Dr. Barry LeJeune and the LeJeune Family Dentistry staff in Hampton, Virginia.