Most adults in the United States suffer from some form of periodontal disease. Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst cases, teeth are lost. People usually do not show signs of gum disease until they are in their 30s or 40s. Men are more likely to have gum disease than women. Although teenagers rarely develop periodontitis, they can develop gingivitis, the milder form of gum disease. Most commonly, gum disease develops when plaque is allowed to build up along and under the gum line.
So what happens when your dentist informs you that you are suffering from periodontal disease? There are several forms of treatment available including deep cleaning, medication and even surgery in extreme cases. Dr. Sue LeBlanc is highly trained to perform potentially teeth-saving surgery.