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Periodontal disease is an oral disorder where sacks of acids infect the gums, damaging the gums and decaying chompers and bone. Left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. Fortunately, periodontal disease is preventable with appropriate hygiene habits and treatable at our office. Here’s some extra bits of data about gum disease.

Periodontal disease is caused by bacterial acids left on the pearly whites after consuming sugar and other foods. As the bacterial acids cling to the teeth and gums, they develop plaque and acids that damage the tooth enamel and inflame the gumline. Since leftover bacteria from food is the main contributor to the development of the sickness, the most obvious cause of the sickness is poor oral hygiene.

For advanced periodontitis, Dr. Peter Warshawsky will likely endorse one of a few surgical alternatives to aid in getting the periodontal disease under control. One option is a soft tissue graft, where part of your gums is swapped with a healthy amount of gum tissue from an uninfected site in your oral cavity or a donor’s oral cavity. Another option is flap surgery, where gum tissue is lifted to permit deeper scaling and planing of the roots. More surgical possibilities for the removal of periodontal disease include tissue regeneration and bone grafting.

To learn more about surgical alternatives for advanced forms of gum disease, please call the dental team of Periodontics of the Desert in Palm Desert, California, at 760-674-4410 now. Dr. Peter Warshawsky and the staff will be happy to answer your questions, and they’ll set up you an appointment to help you to get the smile you want.