Periodontal / Gum Disease

Gum disease is an infection in the gums which can migrate to the bones surrounding the teeth, once it progresses. This causes bone loss around the roots and supporting structure of the teeth and is known as Periodontal Disease. Periodontal disease occurs when your system has been trying to fight off the plaque bacteria for so long that your immune response begins to damage your gum tissue and the bone that supports your teeth. Most cases of periodontal or gum disease develop because of bacterial plaque that builds up on teeth over time. Plaque is a sticky, colorless film that stimulates an inflammatory response of the gum tissue. Although plaque is the most common cause of periodontal disease, lifestyle or hereditary factors play a significant role in the health of the gums. As the bacteria gets into your bone and bloodstream it can become a systemic problem leading to an increase in the risk of stroke, diabetes and cardiac issues. Patients with tobacco use may be at a higher risk for developing periodontal disease because tobacco tends to increase plaque and increases infection.The most common symptoms of gum and periodontal disease are as follows:

  • Swollen and bleeding gums
  • Toothache
  • Bad Breath
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Change in the way the teeth fit together

Once you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, Dr. Potter will use advanced techniques to control and treat the infection and to allow you to regain the health of your mouth. While there are a wide range of treatments to address these issues such as pocket depth reduction, laser therapy and deeper cleanings, Dr. Potter will discuss the best options with you during your consultation.

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We are excited to reopen our doors on June 1, 2020! As we have always been dedicated to providing the highest quality of care in the safest environment, we have even further enhanced these measures with the following:
๐Ÿ“ ๐ŸŒก Patients will be screened with a COVID-19 questionnaire and no touch temperature check.
# We ask that you please come to your appointment alone, unless you are a minor or need a chaperone.
๐Ÿ˜ท Our team will be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) as necessary. We ask that all patients wear their own masks or face coverings
upon arrival.
๐Ÿงด & We are taking all hand washing and sanitizing precautions and will provide hand sanitizing stations for patients throughout the office.
๐Ÿ’จ We have installed JADE Surgically Clean Air purifiers in all treatment rooms.
๐Ÿ‘ซ Social Distancing, when possible, as we manage our schedule so we do not have many people in the office at one time.
We are incredibly thankful for your understanding as we actively contact all patients to schedule and confirm their appointment dates. Please feel free to call us at (610) 433-2300 with any questions. We miss everyone and we are looking forward to seeing you soon!
Dr. John Potter and team