Christopher D. Kooning DMD, PC
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Periodontal Therapy


Mature man smiling after having received gum disease treatment.A common dental disorder is a bacterial infection of the soft tissues of your gums. This is known as gum disease. There are many stages of gum disease, known in dentistry as periodontal disease, and shockingly most adults have at minimum the first stage, known as gingivitis. Just because it's common, doesn't mean it's ok. Our team at Kooning Family Dentistry wants you to have healthy gums, we want your teeth to be strong, healthy and well supported in their socket. Dr Kooning, along with his hygienist, will evaluate the status of your gums and assess what treatments, if any, are needed.

What many patients may not be aware of is that unhealthy bacteria in your mouth, no matter the levels, can cause health issues in other areas of your body. There have been many studies that show a correlation between bacteria in mouths and a list of other health problems all over the body. We want to eliminate the bad bacteria.

Stages of Gum Disease

There are varying levels of gum disease, some more damaging for your teeth than others. These stages include:

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Gingivitis:

The most common, and early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. At this stage, gingivitis is generally an indication of an irritant that has been left in place. The characteristics are often an inflammation of the soft gum tissue, generally from plaque or tartar that is resting along the gum line. Gingivitis can be often cured with a more increased awareness in flossing or with a dental cleaning from a hygienist. If the plaque or tartar has not been removed, the condition will likely worsen.

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Early Periodontitis:

The next stage of gum disease is known as early periodontitis. At this level, there can be a certain amount of concern, because at this level the patient may experience some level of bone loss. As the infection continues to rage, the tissue and bone will begin to pull away from the infected material as a level of defense. During this time, your hygienist may notice that your gum pockets have deepened, anything greater than 3 mm is an indication of potential problems that require remedy.

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Moderate Periodontitis:

At this stage, there is moderate bone loss occurring. The disease-causing bacteria is attacking your tissue and bone, separating the tooth from its solid foundation. Necessary treatment including a deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing from your dental hygienist will most likely be recommended for recovery.

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Chronic Periodontitis:

At this stage the patient becomes very aware of the urgent problem. They may notice their teeth shifting in their mouth, affecting their bite and how their teeth fit together. They may notice that their prosthetics, including bridges and dentures, no longer fit correctly in their mouth. This is a severe disorder that requires specialized dental attention before teeth begin to fall out due to the lack of bone and tissue to hold them in place.

Lake Oswego Dentists

For more information on gum disease and bringing your gum tissue back to healthy, contact Christopher D. Kooning DMD, PC at our Lake Oswego, OR 97035 office for more information. (503) 673-9097

Christopher D. Kooning DMD, PC
(503) 673-9097


Location
15962 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Suite 105
Lake Oswego, OR 97035-5214


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