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Educate Yourself on the Realities of Gum Disease

You could be one of the millions of Americans with gum disease and not realize it. Get the facts so you can work with a periodontist to control this common dental condition.


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About Gum Disease

Why Gum Disease Happens

All parts of your body can become infected, and that includes the soft tissues in your mouth. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum tissues caused by a build-up of aggressive bacteria.

The bacteria breed in between the teeth and gums, in the periodontal pockets. If left untouched, the bacteria will continue to destroy the surrounding connective tissues and gums, leading to deepening of the pocket.

From that point, bacteria and tartar will build up on the surface of the tooth and its root. Finally, the bacteria will slowly erode the jawbone, leading to eventual tooth loss.

Ironically, many people ignore the most common signs of gum disease, such as:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen, painful gums
  • Very red gums
  • Bad breath
  • Wiggly permanent teeth
  • Gum recession
  • A missing tooth
How to Avoid the Systemic Dangers Associated With Gum Disease Find out more by calling us at (702) 984-2577 to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Curry Leavitt.

At our office in Las Vegas, NV, we utilize the BIOLASE WaterLase® iPlus™ 2.0, an innovative handheld laser-based tool that offers tremendous benefits over traditional hand-directed scalpels and similar instruments, including:

  • Faster appointment time without reducing efficacy
  • Less operative and post-op discomfort
  • Less bleeding at the site of treatment
  • Better precision when handled by a trained professional
  • Same cost as gum surgery without lasers
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Osseous surgery can play an intervention role in halting the continuation of gum disease. During osseous surgery at our Las Vegas facility, Dr. Curry Leavitt will administer a local anesthetic, make an incision in the gums and gently pull the gums from the teeth. This exposes the tooth root so it can be thoroughly cleaned. The process also exposes the bone holding the tooth, which will be smoothed to promote healing.

Using handheld equipment, Dr. Leavitt will smooth the bone, making it less pocketed. With fewer places to hide, bacteria cannot grow at the same rapid rate. In addition to the smoothing of the bone, our periodontist may also perform a gingivectomy using lasers. This type of laser gum surgery removes diseased soft tissues, leaving behind healthy tissues that are encouraged to reattach to the teeth.

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Yet many of those individuals have never been to a periodontist for periodontal maintenance. Instead, they only commit to their regular six-month dental appointments. That is simply not enough to contain and control periodontal disease.

Gum disease requires consistent periodontal maintenance every four to six months over and above your regular dental exams. At your periodontal maintenance appointments, your hygienist will conduct deep dental cleaning treatments. These treatments are comfortable and efficient, as well as effective. The goal of periodontal maintenance is to stop the spread of the bacteria that cause gum disease.

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