“Periodontal diseases are infections of the structures around the teeth. This includes the gums, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. In the earliest stage of periodontal disease—gingivitis— the infection affects the gums. In more severe forms of the disease, all of the tissues are involved.”
At our Simsbury, Avon, and Farmington locations, our dentists specialize in renewing your oral health by treating all stages of periodontal disease and the ailments resulting from periodontal inflammation and infections. Some of these treatments include socket preservation, soft tissue grafts, and bone regeneration. We utilize non-surgical treatments as much as possible to ensure your periodontal health, and use surgical treatments only when there are specific and significant reasons to do so. It's always our goal to begin care with the least invasive, most comfortable options.
By the time we receive a case referred by to us by a general dentist, gum disease has usually progressed to its most serious stages. We can help minimize the inflammation and control the disease with periodontal therapy, and we can repair soft tissue and bone affected by periodontitis. We also place and restore dental implants to replace missing teeth that have been lost due to the ravages of gum disease.
Oral bacteria found in plaque—the sticky, yellow buildup on teeth—is usually the main cause of gum disease, and can be prevented simply by keeping excellent oral hygiene habits. However, there are other reasons people may have a higher risk of getting gum disease:
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Having crowded or crooked teeth
- Enduring stress
- Fluctuating hormones
- Wearing braces
- Inheriting a genetic predisposition
- Taking certain types of medications
- Dealing with diseases such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis
- Eating poorly
Learn more about periodontics on our patient education page! We can help you achieve your oral health goals by getting rid of gum disease, replacing missing teeth, and offering surgical reconstructions. We have offices in Simsbury, Avon, and Farmington. Contact us now and let us take care of all your periodontal needs.