When patients do not properly care for their smile, they may be putting themselves at risk for a myriad of conditions. Periodontal disease, also referred to as gum disease, is a condition that occurs due to poor oral health. It causes patients to experience tooth decay, bacterial infestation, inflammation, and the loss of bone, gum tissue, and teeth. Once the condition reaches the later stages, it cannot be cured, but can be controlled with the assistance of a dental professional. Dr. Levenson in Worcester, MA offers a variety of periodontal treatments to allow patients to restore their health. He also provides the education needed to avoid allowing the condition to form again and wreak havoc on a smile.
Periodontal disease requires treatment to avoid further progression. The initial stage of periodontal disease, known as gingivitis, is a result of poor oral health. Tartar, plaque, and bacteria build up on the teeth and gums, and can cause the gum tissue to bleed when patients brush and floss. This is the most noticeable sign of the condition and patients should seek the help of a dental professional as soon as this problem occurs. This ensures patients reverse the condition and bring their smile back to health, while simultaneously avoiding further progression of the disease.
If the disease is allowed to progress untreated, it can begin to cause permanent damage. Gum tissue recedes from the teeth and causes pockets to form, which harbor bacteria that can further eat away the teeth, gums, and bone. Patients may experience the loss of natural teeth, which can only be addressed with restorations.
Patients who are experiencing any stage of periodontal disease are encouraged to contact a dental professional for a thorough examination and professional cleaning to assist in protecting their smile. Dr. Levenson, of Levenson Smile, has an in-house, board certified periodontist at his office, Dr. Shih. This allows patients to receive the appropriate periodontal treatment when needed. Patients in and around the Worcester, MA area who believe they may benefit from periodontal services are welcome to contact Levenson Smile today to schedule an initial examination and educational consultation appointment.