Periodontal disease, or gum disease, can be a serious dental condition that can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. At Dedicated Dentistry, Dr. Barton Aiken understands this progressive disease and can help you restore and maintain the health and beauty of your smile. We offer many treatment options at our office in Greenville, South Carolina, and will discuss your treatment options with you after a comprehensive examination.
Contact Dedicated Dentistry today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Aiken and find out more about the causes and treatment options for periodontal disease.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Also known as gum disease or periodontitis, periodontal disease begins with irritation and inflammation of the tissues surrounding the teeth. When teeth are not professionally cleaned regularly, plaque can begin to accumulate near the gum tissue. The toxins in the plaque are what causes the inflammation and the onset of this condition.
This condition does not go away on its own, and if left untreated can progressively lead to tooth loss and the destruction of bone and gum tissue. At Dedicated Dentistry, Dr. Aiken has successfully restored the smiles of thousands of patients from Greenville and beyond and can help restore and retain your teeth using advanced dental techniques.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
- Poor Dental Hygiene: In addition to brushing and flossing twice a day maintaining good dental hygiene, not having your teeth professionally cleaned can lead to plaque buildup and the eventual onset of this disease.
- Prolonged Tobacco Use: Studies have shown that long-term tobacco use is one of the leading factors contributing to the development and progression of gum disease.
- Stress and Poor Diet: When the body is chronically stressed, its ability to fight infection is compromised, which can contribute to the progression of gum disease.
- Underlying Medical Conditions and Medications: Conditions such as Diabetes and heart disease as well as medications such as antidepressants and oral contraceptives can also play a role in the development of gum disease.
- Grinding Teeth: Grinding the teeth during sleep over a period of time can compromise the gum tissue.
- Pregnancy and Menopause: The hormonal changes associated with both pregnancy and menopause can cause the body to be more sensitive to gum disease.
- Hereditary Factors: Gum disease has a tendency to run in families with about 30 percent of the population containing a strong genetic predisposition to the disease.
During your comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Aiken, he will determine the underlying cause of your periodontal disease and customize a treatment plan to restore and maintain your beautiful, healthy smile.
Contact Dedicated Dentistry today to schedule a consultation and find out more about the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease.