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What is Periodontal Gum Disease?

Periodontal Gum Disease is the inflammation of the soft tissues surrounding a tooth and the jawbone itself in more advanced stages. Also known as periodontitis or gum disease, it is often preceded by bacterial infection of the gum tissues known as gingivitis. Toxins produced by the bacteria in the gums irritate the surrounding tissues and cause inflammation. Once bacteria spreads into the gum pockets between the teeth, controlling their growth and treating the inflammation becomes much more difficult. If left untreated, Periodontal Gum Disease can lead to teeth misalignment, tooth loss, and jawbone infection.

Periodontal Gum Disease has different types: chronic periodontitis, aggressive periodontitis, necrotizing periodontitis, and periodontitis caused by systematic disease. Therefore, the type of Periodontal Gum Disease treatment offered by New Smile Dental is dependent on the kind of Periodontal Gum Disease.

Prior to the treatment, Dr. Lopez performs a complete periodontal examination to assess your gum and teeth condition. The findings and the recommended treatment are then discussed. The types of Periodontal Gum Disease treatments include:

Periodontitis is a progressive disease and therefore, early detection and treatment are necessary to prevent worse infections.

For more information on Periodontal Gum Disease treatment or the other services offered by New Smile Dental to patients in Fort Smith and Van Buren, AR, please contact our office today.