Faces and Smiles Dental

Periodontal Disease

Dr. Fester treats gum disease in addition to helping you achieve a beautiful looking smile through advanced cosmetic periodontic treatments. Some common proceduresteeth-whitening include crown lengthening to eliminate 'gummy smile', cosmetic gum surgery, and replacing missing teeth with dental implants to enhance the beauty of your smile. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve.

Severe gum disease is a serious condition which is treatable can occur at any age and needs to be addressed immediately to avoid the silent harmful effects that this condition can cause. We look for in working with you in managing your gum disease.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Periodontal disease is cause by bacteria (germs) in your mouth. The bacteria attach to your teeth and if they are not removed regularly and effectively will irritate the gums. This disease can destroy the attachment of the gums to the teeth thus forming a "pocket" in which the bacteria can live and multiple. The disease also destroys the bone which supports the teeth and can cause loose teeth and teeth to fall out.

Everyone is prone to the mild form of the disease, howvever, some patients are more prone to the severe form of the disease. Severe gums disease at a young age can have a genetic and family bases for this occuring. If you smoke tobacco or have uncontrolled diabetes you are more likely to be affected with the more severe form of the disease.

Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. In the mildest form of the disease, gingivitis, the gums redden, swell and bleed easily. There is usually little or no discomfort. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene. Gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and good oral home care.

Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. With time, plaque can spread and grow below the gum line. Toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque irritate the gums. The toxins stimulate a chronic inflammatory response in which the body in essence turns on itself, and the tissues and bone that support the teeth are broken down and destroyed. Gums separate from the teeth, forming pockets (spaces between the teeth and gums) that become infected. As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. Often, this destructive process has very mild symptoms. Eventually, teeth can become loose and may have to be removed.

Periodontal disease has shown to increase the likelihood of stroke, heart disease, pre-term low birth weight babies and respiratory disease.