Periodontal disease, more commonly referred to as gum disease, has been linked to a number of serious health issues, including stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and low birth weight babies. Moreover, recent studies have revealed that a history of gum disease can increase a person’s risk of pancreatic cancer by a staggering 64 percent. Despite the fact that millions of Americans have periodontal disease, many do not seek gum disease treatment until it has wreaked havoc on their oral and overall health. Dr. Fred Sakamoto, a periodontist in Blacklick, Ohio, hopes that the introduction of laser gum surgery will encourage more people to seek gum disease treatment and avoid the health complications that come with advanced periodontitis.
Understanding Periodontal Disease
Gum disease begins when bacteria and tartar under the gum line become infected, causing gum inflammation to occur. Over time, plaque becomes increasingly more difficult to remove as pockets develop between the tooth and the gum. There are three general stages of periodontal disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis is the least serious and can usually be reversed with dental cleanings and adherence to a good oral hygiene regimen. However, gingivitis can quickly evolve into periodontitis if left untreated.
Periodontitis and advanced periodontitis are much more severe. In these stages, the infection and inflammation spread to the bone around the teeth and frequently prompt ligament deterioration and gum recession. As it progresses, gum disease continues to deepen the periodontal pockets, sometimes even filling them with pus. Bone volume declines steadily, loosening teeth and sometimes triggering tooth loss. A person with advanced periodontitis may experience pain as well as increased sensitivity to cold and heat.
When the infection reaches the advanced stages, the periodontist may need to remove the teeth to prevent the infection from spreading. If you have moderate to advanced periodontal disease, it is critical to seek gum disease treatment from a reputable periodontist like Dr. Fred Sakamoto as soon as possible. The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure offers a less invasive alternative to traditional surgery.
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Dr. Fred Sakamoto, located in Blacklick, OH , is a Periodontist who services patients from East Columbus, OH, Reynoldsburg, OH, and Gahanna, OH. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!
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