Periodontal treatment is necessary when various conditions affect the health of your gums and the regions of your jawbone that hold your teeth in place. Retaining your teeth is directly dependent on proper periodontal care and maintenance. Healthy gums enhance the appearance of your teeth, like a frame around a beautiful painting. When your gums become unhealthy, they can either recede or become swollen and red. In later stages, the supporting bone is destroyed and your teeth will shift, loosen, or fall out. These changes not only affect your ability to chew and speak. They also spoil your smile.
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Periodontal diseases are ongoing infections of the gums that gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. If gum disease goes unchecked, teeth will shift, losen, and fall out. Professional intervention Is necessary to prevent the progress of periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease affects one or more of the periodontal tissues: alveolar bone, periodontal ligament, cementum, or gingiva. While there are many diseases which affect the tooth-supporting structures, plaque-induced inflammatory lesions make up the majority of periodontal issues, and are divided into two categories: gingivitis and periodontitis. While gingivitis, the less serious of the diseases, may never progress into periodontitis, it always precedes periodontitis.
Dental plaque is the primary cause of gingivitis in genetically-susceptible individuals. Plaque is a sticky colorless film, composed primarily of food particles and various types of bacteria, which adhere to your teeth at and below the gum line. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth, even minutes after cleaning. Bacteria found in plaque produce toxins or poisons that irritate the gums. Gums may become inflamed, red, swollen, and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth causing pockets (spaces) to form. If daily brushing and flossing is neglected, plaque can also harden into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar). This can occur both above and below the gum line.
If gingivitis progresses into periodontitis, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorates. The progressive loss of this bone, the alveolar, can lead to loosening and subsequent loss of teeth. Periodontitis is affected by bacteria that adhere to the tooth’s surface, along with an overly aggressive immune response to these bacteria.
Periodontal disease is dangerous in that it is often painless and symptomless. 80% of Americans will be afflicted with periodontal disease by age 45, and 4 out of 5 patients with the disease are unaware they have it. It is important to maintain proper home oral care and regular dentist visits to reduce the risk of obtaining this disease.
As your Marin county periodontist, Dr. Seda has several years of experience identifying and treating all stages of periodontal disease. Whether you are in the first or last stages of gum disease, he can help stop and reverse the effects. Dr. Seda keeps up to date on the latest studies and practices so he can better treat his patients in San Rafael and beyond.
When you come into your office, you can expect friendly team members and a talented doctor that can help you treat gum disease, at any stage. For excellent periodontal care in Tiburon, Mill Valley, and Greenbrae, give us a call today!
It's a rare treat to find someone who is at the top of their game, and enjoying being there at the same time. Michael Seda is one such doctor. Peter H.
If anyone deserves 5 stars it's Dc. Michael Seda. You have found your Periodontist.Ryan M.
Dr. Michael Seda is an amazing periodontist. I was extremely satisfied with his care. He is a master communicator.Michael J.
I can't rave enough about Dr. Seda. Everything about him and his staff is absolutely the best. If you are in need of a periodontist or implants, this is the ONLY office you should contact. Brian Q.