Periodontics is concerned with the structures surrounding and supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease is most often the result of bacterial infection. The bacteria that normally reside in the mouth work their way under the gum and form a sticky material known as plaque. Over time, plaque bacteria infects the gum and bone, causing a loss of bone, a breakdown of the tissue that attaches the tooth root to bone, and a weakening of the affected teeth. Signs of gum infections include bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity, mobile teeth and gum boils. Left untreated this infection can cause eventual loss of tooth supporting bone, gum infections and gum recession. Periodontal disease is linked to many systemic diseases. Increased risk of heart attacks, stroke, low birth weight, premature birth and poor diabetic control are few, among many other, consequences of untreated periodontal infection.
At Dental Associates, a periodontist is available at all four of our office locations in Danbury, Newtown, New Milford and Shelton. For your convenience, we even have evening and Saturday appointments. Our doctors and hygienists are attuned to recognizing periodontal problems early and to referring patients for treatment sooner rather than later. Such early intervention can play a big part in decreasing the extent of therapy. We can offer patients expert periodontic treatment including gum surgery/pocket reductions, and coverage of gum recessions as well as strict maintenance programs. State-of-the-art laser dentistry provides a pain-free, suture-free patient experience. We even offer sedation if needed and requested.