The buildup of plaque and bacteria in your mouth accrues on a daily basis. When left on your teeth, plaque can harden and increase your risk for periodontal disease. Hardened plaque can form tartar, which cannot be removed with an over-the-counter toothbrush. The longer you wait to have a professional clean these harmful materials off your teeth, the worse your condition will become. Gingivitis and periodontal disease cause your gums to bleed, swell, and even separate from your teeth, creating pockets that can become infected. You may begin to lose soft-tissue and bone mass at this point, which often leads to tooth loss. The value of healthy gums is as high as the rest of your body, so it is important to have regular dental visits and stick to a consistent at-home hygiene routine.
In many of our cosmetic dentistry cases, our patients must first undergo non-surgical laser periodontal therapy. At PGA Dentistry, we are determined to provide the most comprehensive care. By treating gum disease first, we are ensuring that your results will be all inclusive.