134 North Hill Plymouth, PL4 8LA phone: 01752-661315
Dr. Mirzayan provides a variety of surgical services. He prides himself on the fact that he is very conservative in his treatment recommendations and limits surgery to the areas where it is absolutely necessary. Periodontal procedures are available to regenerate the bone and gum tissue to their original function and cosmetic appearance.
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Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. Bacteria found in plaque produce toxins or poisons, which irritate the gums. They may cause them to turn red, swell and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form.
Plaque can also harden into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar). This can occur both above and below the gum line. As periodontal disease progresses, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss. Periodontal disease is sometimes hard to recognize because there is often no pain, and may not be any bleeding, redness or swelling. Periodontitis is now the major cause of adult tooth loss (approximately 60%) and prevalence rates remain at 10-15% for severe disease, 50% for mild-moderate disease and 85% in 65-year-olds.