Periodontal Disease

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontitis, often known as “periodontal disease” or “gum disease” is a destructive inflammatory disease that is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in America. Recent studies have shown that nearly half of all adult Americans (over 65 million people) are affected by periodontitis. Typically painless, it is often unnoticed for several years before it is detected. In fact, 4 of 5 people with gum disease do not even realize they are affected. Smokers are more likely affected than non-smokers and the presence of periodontal disease can make you more likely to develop diabetes and heart disease. When you visit Dr. Clagett, he will assess the extent of your periodontal disease and work with your dentist to develop a customized treatment plan to eliminate your disease and improve your overall health.

Periodontics Presentation

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Periodontics Presentation

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Periodontal treatment is necessary when various conditions affect the health of your gums and the regions of your jawbone that hold your teeth in place. Retaining your teeth is directly dependent on proper periodontal care and maintenance. Healthy gums enhance the appearance of your teeth, like a frame around a beautiful painting. When your gums become unhealthy, they can either recede or become swollen and red. In later stages, the supporting bone is destroyed and your teeth will shift, loosen, or fall out. These changes not only affect your ability to chew and speak, they also spoil your smile.

Periodontal diseases are ongoing infections of the gums that gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. Periodontal disease affects one or more of the periodontal tissues: alveolar bone, periodontal ligament, cementum, or gingiva. While there are many diseases which affect the tooth-supporting structures, plaque-induced inflammatory lesions make up the majority of periodontal issues, and are divided into two categories: gingivitis and periodontitis. While gingivitis, the less serious of the diseases, may never progress into periodontitis, it always precedes periodontitis.

Dental plaque is the primary cause of gingivitis in genetically-susceptible individuals. Plaque is a sticky colorless film, composed primarily of food particles and various types of bacteria, which adhere to your teeth at and below the gum line. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth, even minutes after cleaning. Bacteria found in plaque produce toxins or poisons that irritate the gums. Gums may become inflamed, red, swollen, and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth causing pockets (spaces) to form. If daily brushing and flossing is neglected, plaque can also harden into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar). This can occur both above and below the gum line.

If gingivitis progresses into periodontitis, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorates. The progressive loss of this bone can lead to loosening and subsequent loss of teeth. Periodontitis is affected by bacteria that adhere to the tooth’s surface, along with an overly aggressive immune response to these bacteria.

Periodontal disease is dangerous in that it is often painless and symptomless.  It is important to maintain proper home oral care and regular dentist visits to reduce the risk of obtaining this disease.

Periodontics Overview

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I was very impressed by my first visit. I went there seeking a second opinion on a periodontal procedure. I was nervous and skeptical but Dr. Clagett and his staff settled those fears. Everything was explained so that I could understand and I was quite relieved.

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Got me in for a visit in a very short notice. Got me to do a teeth cleaning same day! Which I am very happy about. My regular dentist, it was months out and I was in need of a teeth cleaning ASAP. Very professional, very good deep teeth/gum cleaning.

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I received the best care ever at Clagett Periodontics. The staff is very welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable

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Staff makes you feel part of the dental family upon entering the establishment. All are professional and friendly. Dentist and assistants are professional and courteous. they keep you informed during the checkup and what is taking place. You are at ease.

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I have always hated going to a dentist until I came to see Dr. Clagett. I hated seeing my teeth. Brushing was painful. Now I don't have to worry about brushing anymore. My gums don't bleed, my teeth aren't loose and I'm not afraid to smile! Something I never thought would happen. I would highly recommend Dr. Clagett to everyone.

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I have never had to wait in the office over 5 minutes. They do not seem to overbook like some offices and make you wait. When you are taken back to the work area, they make sure you are comfortable and tell you what they will be doing that day and discuss concerns or questions you may have at that time. Dr. Clagett comes in and examines the work being done and discusses procedures in past, present and future that may or may not need to be done. Extremely wonderful Dr. and staff.

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I was put at ease on the first visit and have been treated well on all visits since.

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I highly recommend this periodontics office. Dr. Clagett and his staff are very welcoming and friendly. Tiffany is great!!

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They always explain everything thoroughly. My mouth feels so much better after I have them cleaned and I never have to wait. They always run on time.

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There is no one better than Tiffany when it comes teeth cleaning and general knowledge on teeth!

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