Are Periodontal Bacteria Destroying Your Gums?
Consider your gums as a living foundation for your teeth. So important is this foundation that, without healthy gum structure, your teeth will become unstable and at-risk for tooth loss.
The Cause of Gum Disease
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. Periodontal disease is formed when harmful bacteria are lodged beneath the gum line, creating pockets or gaps between your gums and teeth. These pockets become infected and over time can destroy bone, teeth, and gum foundation. Smoking, genetics, pregnancy, stress and nutrition have all been found to be factors in the cause of gum disease.
The Diagnosis of Gum Disease
If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, there is hope. There are treatments that can help reduce further damage to your gums and teeth. Your dentist or periodontist can provide several treatments to reduce infection-causing bacteria and halt further spreading, and diminish the size of periodontal pockets that encourage growth of bacteria.
Treating Gum Disease
The approved method for treating periodontal disease is a procedure known as SRP. SRP is a non-surgical procedure where scaling removes plaque and tartar from the teeth. Root planing then smoothes away the rough areas at the root of the tooth - eliminating bacteria build up. Your dentist may also use approved oral solutions to stop harmful enzymes that cause tooth and gum decay.
Importance of Treatment Now
Treatment of gum disease has become ever more important to your body's health.Links have been found between periodontal disease and the increased risk of heart disease.Studies have also shown that prolonged gum disease may elevate your risk of stroke and pre-diabetes characteristics (higher than normal blood glucose levels leading to type II diabetes).
Veneers and More
Recent advancements in dental technology have introduced a less intrusive method of correcting crooked, stained and chipped teeth. Now with the introduction of porcelain veneers patients have more options in treating dental distortions.
Traditional methods of correcting dental distortions involved labor-intensive preparation for crowns where drilling and removal of irreplaceable tooth structure is needed to prepare the tooth. With the development of porcelain veneers, patients are now able to correct gaps, stains, and broken or misshapen teeth with a simple surface application of the veneers.
New Methods with Veneers
Essentially, a porcelain veneer is an ultra-thin layer of porcelain applied to the surface of your teeth. Because porcelain veneers are designed to cover unsightly tooth distortions, there is minimal drilling. Wearers of veneers can now have a beautiful, even smile, with permanently whiter teeth.