Periodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on disease in the gums, which can destroy this structure, as well as other structures directly surrounding the area of infection. One of the base functions of a dentist is to prevent and treat periodontal disease. Four out of five people are currently suffering from periodontal disease, and chances are high that they have no idea that the condition is running rampant in their mouth. Here at our practice, Dr. Ray Hazen has been helping patients in the South Bend, Kokomo, Fort Wayne, Northwest Ohio, and Southwest Michigan areas treat periodontal disease for many years now. As a trained periodontist, Dr. Hazen has the knowledge and experience required to keep your mouth safe from the dangerous effects of this destructive condition. We encourage you to read on to learn more about what periodontal disease is, how it can affect your body, and what can be done to stop it.
Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition that affects the tissues directly surrounding a tooth. In particular, it is a bacterial infection, which is generally preceded by gingivitis. When plaque builds up on your teeth and isn’t removed, the toxins that are created by plaque begin to irritate and inflame the gums. Eventually, this infection will form in the gum pockets between your teeth, which are difficult to get to for cleaning and treatment. With enough time, periodontal disease will destroy the connective tissues and jawbone, which will lead to shifting teeth, loose teeth, and eventually tooth loss.
There are four common types of periodontal disease we see here at H. Ray Hazen, DDS, MSD. These are:
There are various symptoms of periodontal disease that could help indicate that you may be suffering from the condition. Some of these symptoms include:
When it comes to treating periodontal disease, Dr. Ray Hazen can perform a variety of different treatments, ranging from surgical to nonsurgical. Some of the common treatments we use for patients with this condition include:
Are you currently suffering from periodontal disease, or have you noticed the symptoms and would like to confirm whether or not you have the condition? Then look no further than the office of Dr. Ray Hazen. If you would like to learn more about this condition or find out what your best treatment option might be, contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Hazen today.