While often overlooked, the health of your gums can greatly influence your overall health. In particular, the development of periodontal disease can quickly increase the likelihood of developing secondary health conditions, such as strokes, pulmonary complications, and heart disease. At Willow Glen Dentistry, our San Jose dentist, Dr. John Pisacane, strives to increase patient awareness about the long-term consequences of periodontal disease. In addition to helping patients prevent gum disease, Dr. John Pisacane also offers extensive periodontal therapies that utilize modern technologies to help individuals stop the progression of this gingival condition and regain their long term oral health.
Gum disease can be identified in three unique stages, known as gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. During the gingivitis phase, bacteria in the hardened plaque built up along the gum line begin to cause gingival inflammation, leading to minor bleeding when brushing or flossing. If left unremoved, the bacteria begins to cause the gums to begin receding from the teeth, marking the disease progression from gingivitis to periodontitis. During this stage, the gum recession begins to create periodontal pockets between the gum and tooth, in which debris and more bacteria become trapped. The growth of these pockets provide the bacteria with access to the connective tissue and bone that lie below the gum line. As periodontitis progresses into advanced periodontitis, the bacteria begins to erode these crucial components, causing them to weaken. In severe cases of periodontal disease, patients may experience tooth loss as the jaw bone and connective tissue have been so heavily damaged that they can no longer support the teeth.
Many individuals are often unaware that they are exhibiting signs of periodontal disease until they are well past the initial stages of the condition. Symptoms that you may be suffering from gum disease include:
When protecting the smile from gum disease, long-term preventive care plays an important role in maintaining gum health. At Willow Glen Dentistry, Dr. Pisacane takes a hands-on approach to helping patients better understand the intricacies of their smiles as well as the importance of consistent preventive care both at home and in the dentist’s chair. In addition to visiting our San Jose dentist at least twice a year for deep cleanings, patients should be regularly practicing effective at-home oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing thoroughly twice a day.
Even when treating periodontal disease, preventive care plays a huge role in helping patients achieve their optimal health. To help return the dentition to a healthy standard, Dr. Pisacane utilizes advanced laser dentistry to effectively remove decay and bacteria from below the gum line. After this minimally invasive procedure, long-term maintenance plans are developed to control plaque productions and reduce the likelihood of periodontal disease recurrence.
Willow Glen Dentistry is committed to helping all patients achieve lifelong healthy smiles. If you believe you are exhibiting symptoms of the early stages of gum disease, contact Dr. Pisacane and his San Jose dental team today to schedule your appointment.
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