Periodontal Disease Specialist

John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA -  - Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry

John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA

Cosmetic Dentistry, Reconstructive Dentistry & Emergency Dentistry located in West Palm Beach, FL

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, can take on a serious form known as periodontitis, which happens when bacteria attacks the bone and gums around your teeth. When this happens, you have a higher risk of ending up with tooth loss if you leave this condition untreated. Periodontist, Dr. Valentina Mata offers treatment for periodontal disease to patients in West Palm Beach, Florida at the offices of John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA.

Periodontal Disease Q & A

What are the signs of periodontal disease?

In the early stages of periodontal disease, you might not realize that you have it. This disease usually doesn’t cause noticeable symptoms until later on, when you’re more at risk of tooth loss. When you do have symptoms of periodontal disease, they might include the following:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Weak or loosened teeth
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Receding gums or gums that are pulling away from your teeth
  • Changes in spacing between your teeth

What happens when you have periodontal disease?

You can get a periodontal disease when bacteria build up on and around your teeth, causing deep pockets to form. If you have this treated promptly, your gums go back to normal. If you delay treatment, the bacteria goes deeper into your gum tissue and begins to attack this tissue and the bone surrounding your teeth. This raises your risk of having tooth loss. Keep in mind that these bacteria can also move to other parts of your body and cause additional infections, some of which can be severe.

Why do I have periodontal disease?

You can develop a periodontal disease for numerous reasons, including the following:

  • Poor tooth and gum care that allows bacteria to build up
  • Genetic factors that increase your likelihood of having periodontal disease
  • Underlying medical conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes
  • Smoking tobacco products
  • Unhealthy diet that makes it more difficult for your immune system to fight this infection
  • Teeth grinding that can leave your teeth and gums more vulnerable to infection

How is periodontal disease treated?

The kind of treatment you’ll need for periodontal disease depends on how severe it is. Dr. Mata will recommend treatment based on a full examination of your teeth and gums to see how serious your condition is.

Periodontal treatments might include bone grafting or gum grafting to replace bone or gum that has been lost. You might also need pocket reduction surgery to eliminate any deep pockets that have formed. Dr. Mata might recommend scaling and root planing, which are deep cleaning techniques that help reduce your risk of tooth loss from periodontal disease.

If you need treatment for periodontal disease, please contact the offices of John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA to make an appointment with Dr. Mata.