Periodontal Treatment

As dramatic as it sounds, gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, has become a national epidemic. The most recent number reported by the Centers for Disease Control show that 47.2% of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease. The majority have moderate gum disease (periodontitis), while 8.7% have gingivitis (the earliest stage of gum disease) and another 8.5% have severe periodontitis. Dr. Goldberg offers periodontal treatment options for Bradenton residents who want to achieve excellent oral health.

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With periodontal treatments by Dr. Goldberg.


The Progression of Gum Disease

Plaque, that clear sticky film that accumulates along your gum line and between your teeth on a daily basis, is primarily responsible for gum disease. Consisting of bacteria that produce an acidic substance when they feed on particles of sugar and starch, plaque can cause your gums to become red, swollen, and irritated if not removed promptly. Dentists call this initial irritation gingivitis. Many patients can reverse the disease via regular at-home dental hygiene and a dental cleaning at the office.

If left untreated, gingivitis will progress into periodontitis. The irritation will prompt the gums to draw away from the tooth, forming periodontal pockets. Bacteria and plaque colonize these hard-to-clean pockets, leading to an intensified infection. In response to the presence of infection, your body sends messages to kill the infected tissues, including the connective tissue holding your teeth in place.

As moderate periodontal disease progresses into severe periodontitis, the teeth become loose in their sockets and often require extraction. Replacement via a dental bridge or, in some cases, dental implants, is the next step, although Dr. Goldberg strongly advises treating gum disease before it reaches the point of tooth loss.


Laser Dentistry for a Great Smile

In addition to contributing to more adult tooth loss than decay and accidental injury, gum disease has been linked to a number of serious and potentially life-threatening systemic diseases. People with untreated gum disease have a much higher likelihood of developing diabetes, respiratory disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, and certain cardiovascular diseases.

Since gum disease is categorized as an inflammatory disorder, its presence can trigger inflammatory responses all over the body and can make chromic conditions like arthritis much worse. Controlling gum disease can actually help you enjoy better overall health, in addition to a healthier and more attractive smile.

If identified early enough, mild cases of gingivitis can be treated via more strict attention to brushing, flossing, and dietary sugar consumption. However, once the disease progresses past this point, you will need the assistance of your dentist and his hygiene team to address the problem.


WaterLase Gum Disease Treatment

Although traditional treatments like root scaling and planning are effective, Dr. Goldberg prefers to utilize the WaterLase soft tissue laser in the treatment of gum disease. Using a highly-concentrated beam of light energy, laser dentistry can effectively eradicate bacterial infection along the gum line without the need for surgical intervention, and with greater comfort than a traditional deep cleaning.

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