Did you know that the most common cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease? According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every two adults over the age of 30 in the United States has periodontal disease. However, the good news is that periodontal disease is almost entirely preventable. At the office of Russell Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd, we specialize in the prevention and treatment of gum disease. By partnering with our office for care, you can maintain your gums in tip-top condition and continue to enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile.
Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a set of inflammatory diseases that affect the "periodontium", which are the hard and soft tissues that surround and support your teeth. Just like tooth decay, gum disease can be attributed to the presence of harmful bacteria dental plaque and tartar that are left to accumulate around the teeth and under the gums.
If you notice that your gums are inflamed, red, and bleed when you brush and floss, you probably have gingivitis, meaning you're in the initial stage of gum disease. With gingivitis, none of the tissues supporting the teeth have been lost. At this point, the condition can be successfully reversed with professional dental cleanings, coupled with an improved oral hygiene regime at home. However, if left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more advanced stages of periodontal disease. Tissue damage progresses from gingival pocket formation, gum recession and diminishing alveolar bone to the eventual loosening and loss of teeth.
Remember, taking care of your smile does more than keep your teeth and gums in optimal condition; good oral health also supports systemic health.
Based upon a complete assessment of your periodontal health and a review of possible contributing factors, our office will recommend the most advanced and effective solutions to restore and maintain the hard and soft tissues supporting your teeth.
At the office of Russell Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd, we're dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.
By Russell D. Hatfield, DDS, MS, LTD
August 20, 2019
When it comes to the treatment of gum disease, it’s important to seek the skilled and experienced care of a periodontist. At the office of Russell Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd, we provide a comprehensive range of services from the dental cleanings and the treatment of gingivitis to more extensive therapy to address more advanced stages of gum disease. We also perform a full range of procedures to rebuild the soft and hard tissues supporting the teeth as well as cosmetic gum procedures, crown lengthening and the placement of dental implants.
Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that if left untreated can cause extensive damage to the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth. One of the difficulties patients encounter with gum disease is that its progression is often painless and often they are unaware that a problem affecting the health of their smile is present. In its earliest stage, periodontal disease is known as gingivitis. It develops as the result of the accumulation of dental plaque that has migrated down into the gums and hardened into tartar. When this occurs, it typically causes red, swollen, or bleeding gums. The good news is, that at this point, reversing the course of the disease to avoid permanent damage is still possible. With deep cleanings from your periodontist, together with an improved regimen at home, and a commitment to regular maintenance, gum disease can be prevented from progressing any further. While that’s good news, the flipside is that without treatment, gingivitis progresses to periodontitis. At this point in time, tissue damage occurs. Again, with skilled treatment as provided by our office, the disease can be halted, oral health maintained, and any tissue damage effectively addressed. In the event of progression and bone loss, our periodontist offers advanced treatment options to help restore the health of your smile.
At the office of Russell Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our practice and the many services we provide, give our office a call today.
By Russell D. Hatfield, DDS, MS, LTD
June 10, 2019
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