Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a serious condition that not only poses a threat to your dental health and the health of your teeth, but also threatens your overall health. Over 65 million adult Americans present with symptoms of periodontal disease which can put them at risk for other systemic diseases, and periodontal disease is on the rise worldwide. As with many medical conditions the earlier gum disease is diagnosed the easier it is to treat. The earliest stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis which can be treated and reversed. Gingivitis is the inflammation of your gingival tissue. Left untreated it can lead to periodontitis, the severe stage of periodontal disease. What is Perio Protect? Perio Protect is a specialized system developed to improve the health and appearance of your gums.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease begins with the inflammation of your gum tissue, or gingivitis. You may develop sore, red gums, and your gums may begin to bleed easily. If gingivitis is left untreated your gums will begin pulling away and forming pockets at the gum line. These pockets become infected with bacteria and may become pussy. Eventually the bacteria will move under the gumline and attack the connective tissue causing loose teeth. Next, the bacteria eats away at your jawbone which can lead to edentulism. Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Sore and red gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Pus pockets
- Loose teeth
In a few cases periodontal disease may be genetic, but in the majority of cases it is due to poor oral hygiene or other issues. Some causes include:
- Plaque buildup
- Hormonal fluctuations
At Wager Evans dental we can often treat periodontal disease with a Perio Tray®. A Perio Tray® is designed to fit each patient’s mouth precisely by taking an impression, which is then sent to a specialized dental laboratory for custom fabrication. In most cases, patients are only required to use the Perio Tray® for a few minutes each day. However, each patient receives detailed instructions based on their individual needs. The Perio Tray® is non-invasive, convenient, and comfortable. In some cases, the Perio Protect system may not be enough to properly address your gum issues.
About Your Reno Dentists
Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 829-7700.