Periodontitis or “Gum-disease” is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects bone and soft tissues that support teeth. In its early stage, Gingivitis, the gums become swollen and red and inflamed due to presence bacteria. In later, more progressed stages of periodontitis, bone and soft tissues that support teeth are destroyed, which can lead to loss of teeth and loss of facial structure and support. Studies have shown that over 50% of the population suffer from some form of chronic periodontal disease or gum disease.
Numerous studies have linked chronic periodontitis to increased risk of:
- Heart disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Recent studies have shown strong correlation between chronic periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s
How is periodontal disease treated?
Dr. Jin and his team will perform Scaling and Root Planing procedure to remove bacteria and hardened calculus below the gum line under local anesthesia to ensure patient comfort. Anti-bacteria medication will be applied to all treated areas and specific instructions will be given for effective home care.
Follow up appointment where Dr. Jin will evaluate response to initial treatment, measure all soft tissue levels, and continue on-going periodontal maintenance. Dr. Jin will then recommended an appropriate and personalized maintenance schedule that will maintain optimal health and suit your life style. We recommend our periodontal maintenance patients to come back for their maintenance cleaning every 3-4 months.
Advantages of controlling chronic gum disease
- Decreased risk of heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and other chronic systemic diseases
- Decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease
- Decreased risk of gum infections or abscess
- Improved breath
- Decreased risk of gum and bone recession
- Improved overall quality of life and longevity