Frequently Asked Questions

What is periodontal disease (gum and bone disease)?

The majority of adults suffer from periodontal disease. It is the most prevalent disease known to mankind. If left untreated too long, people start to lose teeth, lose their natural smile, have bad breath and an unpleasant taste in their mouths. Once teeth are lost, chewing becomes difficult, we look older than we are and our nutrition and health suffer. Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal (gum) disease. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene, which leads to plaque buildup. Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. With time, plaque can spread and grow below the gum line. Toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque irritate the gums. The toxins stimulate a chronic inflammatory response in which the body in essence turns on itself, and the tissues and bone that support the teeth are broken down and destroyed.

Nothing is bothering me now. What is the rush?

Good news for you that nothing hurts yet. Periodontal disease is generally sneaky. It breaks down bone and gum support over time and the next thing you know you have got a big problem you weren't aware of. Fortunately, your dentist is paying attention. This disease runs in in cycles or episodes and sometimes hides from easy detection. We can determine what damage has occurred and what can be done to make your mouth healthy again.

My mouth feels okay and I can't see any problems.

Many times destruction occurs with no outward indications and since this is below the gum line you don't see it. Most people find out after there has been damage done.

If I need treatment, will it hurt?

If treatment is indicated in your case the area will be numbed with local anesthetic. We use the newest and most gentle technology to numb your mouth to keep you as comfortable as possible. For the nervous or fearful patient we provide sedation procedures to make it as soothing of an experience as possible.