Periodontal Disease

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Quick Facts

  • Gingivitis is a mild form of Periodontal Disease
  • Once you have Periodontal Disease, you will have it for life
  • If you suffer from Periodontal Disease, it is recommended you have thorough teeth and gum checks every three months
  • Other health conditions not related to oral hygiene can promote your risk for this disease

Rigby Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease is a mouth affliction that can range from a mild gum irritation to bone loss. It is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Because hardened plaque at the base of your tooth socket increases your chance of this disease, the removal of plaque through regular dental check-ups tends to make a considerable difference.

Risk Factors

While plaque is an obvious risk factor for gum problems, there are several other risk factors that may seem less obvious. These include:
  • Smoking and Tobacco Use
  • Puberty, Pregnancy, and Menopause in Women
  • Certain Medications: oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, and certain heart medicines have been shown to have an affect on your oral health.
  • Clenching or Grinding Your Teeth
  • Diabetes
  • Immuno-Suppressing Systemic Diseases
Your customer profile at Cedar Creek Dental will ask you for a full health profile. This will help determine any medication risks as well as giving Dr. Mikesell an idea of genetic tendencies, life circumstances, and health risks that can affect your oral health.

Beginning Stages Respond Well to Home Treatment

The mildest form of Rigby periodontal disease is gingivitis. Symptoms may include occasional flame-ups that include swollen and bleeding gums.

It's often bearable and is not extremely uncomfortable. Just consider it a red flag to exercise increased diligence with your at home oral hygiene routine.

Professional dental cleaning is also recommended to removed plaque that harbors harmful bacteria.

Untreated Gingivitis Escalates

If left untreated, gingivitis will escalate into Periodontal Disease. Once it advances to this stage, you will definitely find it be more uncomfortable. One of the main catalysts for Periodontal Disease is persistent plaque that has reached up to and even past the gum line. Our mouths are the perfect environment for bacteria. It's dark, moist, and has lots of visitors every time we eat. While many of these bacteria are beneficial, advanced plaque hosts a unique relationship to more harmful bacteria. The combination of persistent plaque and harmful bacteria persisting at or below the gum-line, will not only inflame your gums but can actually lead to these symptoms:

  • Pocket clusters that deteriorate vital gum tissue
  • Receding gums, and lengthening of teeth
  • Bone loss
  • Lesions can also be prevalent in those with chronic immuno-suppressing diseases as well.

Surgical and Non-Surgical Treatment Plans

Dr. Mikesell offers many non-surgical options that can help treat or eliminate Rigby Periodontal Disease. Some of these treatments include scaling and root planing of the tooth to remove dangerous toxins clustered in the pockets. Other non-surgical treatments include host modulation, which works to alter the bacterial host properties and diminish hospitality to dangerous toxins.

For surgical interventions, we recommend advanced treatments from a licensed Periodontist.