Healthy gum tissue and bone around the teeth are imperative to keeping your teeth for a lifetime. During your dental exam, the health of your gums and bone will be evaluated in addition to the teeth, themselves.
Periodontal Disease is an infection of these supporting tissues and bone of the teeth. Healthy gum tissue fits like a cuff around each tooth. With periodontal disease, the gum tissue pulls away from the tooth. As the disease progresses, the tissue and bone that support the teeth are damaged. Over time, teeth may fall out or need to be removed.
Often times, any disease of the gums and bone will not be noticeable until it’s too late, which is yet another reason why regular dental checkups are very important. Treating Periodontal Disease in the early stages can help prevent tooth loss.
Dr. Patton and her team are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of Periodontal Disease and will discuss any of their concerns with you in full. Our knowledgeable and gentle team will work closely with you to maintain a healthy mouth!