Treatment of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, better known as "gum disease" has gotten a lot of attention in the past decade showing its direct correlation with full body systemic disease. It is the most UNDIAGNOSED disease, and the number ONE cause of lawsuits in dentistry, as over 70% of patients have a missed diagnosis of gum disease. Over 80% of the population is said to have some form of gum disease. Have you been properly screened? Has your dentist and/or dental hygienist taken the time to explain the cause and effect relationship between the toxic bacteria that can be harbored in our mouths and the overall effect it can have on your health.

In each of us, it is normal to have between 250-500 (or more!) species of bacteria in our mouths at anytime. Most of these are not harmful; however, many individuals harbor toxic and aggressive bacteria, either due to genetics, their environment, or transmission from anther individual. he gums around teeth are infected, if the debris is not removed right away, the body starts an inflammatory process to defend itself from what this "foreign object". Remember, if the gums bleed, the BACTERIA IS ENTERING THE BLOODSTREAM! This is not a small thing. There are many health effects downstream including to our lungs, heart, brain, and blood vessels.

Treatment of periodontal disease is not one size fits all. There are several factors that affect periodontal disease and must be addressed to help stabilize the disease. These factors include, but are not limited to, home care, control of systemic conditions and appropriate maintenance intervals. These factors are just as important as the treatment itself. Dr. Berube will continually assess your individual condition and make recommendations accordingly.

Procedures for the treatment of gum disease include, but are not limited to:

  • Nonsurgical management
  • Laser periodontal therapy
  • Surgical corrective therapy
  • Regeneration of lost bone and tissue
  • Treatment of patients with periodontal disease and systemic disorders
  • Dental cleanings and maintenance

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