- September 14, 2013
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a common oral health problem with far-reaching consequences if left untreated. Caused by the buildup of bacteria and plaque, periodontal disease can lead to sore or bleeding gums, tissue loss, bone loss, and even tooth loss. What’s more, advanced periodontal disease can also make patients more vulnerable to health problems in the rest of the body.
Problems that share a connection to periodontal disease include:
- Heart disease
- Pre-term birth
- Respiratory disease
Thankfully, patients of Dr. DiGiallorenzo from Collegeville, Williamsport and beyond can find relief from their symptoms with LANAP, a non-surgical approach to therapy that uses laser technology instead of a scalpel and stitches. With LANAP, patients can experience more comfortable care that targets only the areas of the mouth that need help, with a shorter recovery period.
But LANAP is primarily used for more advanced cases of periodontal disease. Earlier care will prevent the need for LANAP altogether. With regular visits to our Collegeville or Williamsport dental office, Dr. DiGiallorenzo can diagnose periodontal disease during its earliest stages, before any loss of tissue, bone, or teeth.
But no matter what stage of development your periodontal disease may be in, Dr. DiGiallorenzo will partner with you to create a personalized treatment plan. Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Pockets between teeth and gums
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Changes in alignment
Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? Call Dr. DiGiallorenzo’s Collegeville or Williamsport dental offices today for an appointment. Helping you smile again is our commitment to you.