Periodontal disease is a condition that affects the gum tissue and bone around your teeth. It is generally a silent disease with only minimal symptoms. By the time the bigger symptoms occur there is usually major damage to the bone around your teeth. Common symptoms of Periodontal disease include swelling of the gums, bleeding of the gums, mobility of your teeth, recession of gum tissue, and tenderness or sensitivity around your teeth. Periodontal disease has been linked to many medical problems. People often underestimate the medical implications of periodontal disease. It has been linked to having a higher risk of heart disease, pancreatic cancer, long-term chronic fatigue and complications with controlling diabetic states just to name a few. Because Periodontal disease generally does not hurt, many people do not seek care until it is past the point of being able to be treated.
Whether you have been told by your dentist that you have Periodontal disease, or you think that you may have symptoms of periodontal disease, it is always best to get in to see Dr. Farber sooner than later. His ability to treat your disease is much more predictable, and conservative, the earlier it is dealt with.
As a specialist, Dr. Farber evaluates every patient thoroughly at the time of their consultation. A treatment plan will be made and discussed with you to review what is needed to treat your condition, including all options available.
Our office is focused on providing conservative treatment whenever possible. You are in charge of your health. We are here to help you decide what path to take, not to dictate your treatment. We welcome as many questions as you may have. Our goal is for you to understand your condition thoroughly, so you can make educated decisions about the course of your treatment, while at the same time taking into account what your needs and concerns are regarding the future of your dental health.
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