Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease and is a leading cause of tooth loss. Damage occurs from your body’s response to the chronic inflammation caused by certain types of bacteria that live on your teeth and below the gum line. Research is now linking periodontal disease to other chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Periodontal disease leads to bone loss and gingival recession. Gingival recession exposes root surfaces that cause tooth sensitivity. Bone loss can lead to tooth loss as the support for teeth in jaw is lost. Periodontal disease is manageable with good home care and regular periodontal therapy at your dentist office.

Gum Disease

Periodontal Disease

To determine if you have periodontal disease, Helena dentist Dr. Mitchell will take some measurements

Treatment of periodontal disease begins with periodontal therapy.