If you’ve just been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you might not be sure what to expect next. As a patient at Enchanted Smiles, Dr. Caracioni will recommend the best course of treatment for your diagnosis, guide you through the process and address all of your questions and concerns. The good news is that periodontal disease is treatable. While it may be tempting to postpone treatment, prompt treatment is especially crucial.
Periodontal disease is an oral infection around the teeth and gums. It is caused by bacteria from dental plaque entering the gums and causing excessive gum and tissue inflammation. Symptoms can include red and inflamed gums, bad breath and receding gums. In its earliest stages, periodontal disease presents as gingivitis.
Without immediate action, the infection can continue to worsen, further eroding the gums and impacting the bone. This can lead to irreparable damage. Tooth loss can also occur, and other dental procedures such as dental implants or bridges may become necessary. Early treatment for periodontal disease is often less expensive, therefore delaying treatment can often add up to additional dental expenses.
Because the bacteria that cause periodontal disease can enter the bloodstream, this disease can become even more serious for the patient’s holistic health. Researchers discovered a connection between this disease and a number of other serious medical conditions including diabetes, premature birth and even heart disease.
There are a variety of available periodontal treatments options ranging from deep cleaning to laser gum surgery. Dr. Caracioni works with her patients to determine the right fit for their needs. Regardless of the treatment, beginning the process immediately is a top priority to prevent any additional damage or added expenses. If you have periodontal disease, contact our office today at 785-783-0741 to schedule an appointment to discuss your treatment options.