Periodontal Disease (Deep Cleaning):
One of the most prevalent disease of man is gum (periodontal) disease. More than 80 percent of teeth that are pulled (extracted) in people 30 years of age and older are lost due to periodontal disease. This is ironic because pyorrhea is one of the easiest diseases to prevent. Thorough brushing and flossing on a regular basis prevent most periodontal diseases.
Periodontal disease affects the supporting tissues of the teeth - the gums and underlying bone. Even when periodontal trouble is extensive it is usually painless, and patients are generally unaware of any gum problem. Periodontal trouble may continue for several years before loss of teeth occurs eventually, as the gums and bone dissolve away from the teeth, the teeth become loose. If this process continues, the teeth will have to be removed because of loss of support.
Soft and hard irritating deposits on the teeth are the major cause of gum disease. The soft, sticky, clear material is called dental plaque. It is made up of bacteria (germs), small pieces of food, and saliva. If you allow plaque to remain on the teeth, it becomes a hard, crust like deposit called tartar. You must remove the soft plaque on a regular basis to prevent tartar from forming.
Dr. Raul Reyes will do what is called Periodontal Therapy. After the plaque and calculus are removed from the periodontal pocket and the root surface, the area is often rough and irregular. The roughness is removed by root planing. This is a process of making a smooth root surface which is known as planing with instruments.
Signs of Gum disease:
Don't Wait Until It Hurts.
Periodontal disease is painless. It affects 87%of the population and often victims are unaware.
These are the warning signs and the American Dental Association and our staff want you to be aware:
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you owe it to yourself to bring it to the attention of Dr. Reyes. Act now and keep your teeth for a lifetime.