Shannon Thomas, DMD - Annistion, AL Peridontist
1715 Golden Springs Rd
Anniston, AL 36207
Ph. 256.231.0077
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Periodontal (Gum) Disease

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"Periodontal" means "around the tooth". Periodontal tissues include the gums and supporting bone that hold teeth firmly in place.

Your gums and jaw bone are vital to your dental health. Consider a foundation for a house, if it is not sturdy and strong, the house collapses, right? Oral health is very similar; without healthy gums and bone, teeth will not survive.

Periodontal Disease is a progressive disease that begins when bacteria penetrate and grow beneath the gums. As the disease spreads, supportive gum tissue and eventually bone become infected and are destroyed.

  • Periodontal disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults.
  • Stress, smoking and poor nutrition can be contributing factors to gum disease.

Common signs of periodontal disease are bleeding and swollen gums, persistent bad breath, and gum recession. In most cases, periodontal disease does not hurt.

Your Health & Periodontal Disease
Studies indicate that periodontal disease is a complicating factor in diabetes patients, and in other inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. The bacteria that cause periodontal disease have also been linked to increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and preterm low birth weight.*
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Treatment of Periodontal Disease
Treatment of periodontal disease requires a careful cleaning of the tooth root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) and eliminate bacterial toxins. In some cases, Dr. Thomas may conduct saliva diagnostic testing to determine which type of bacteria is present and prescribe the appropriate medication to treat the source of the infection.

Laser Periodontal Therapy (LPT™)
Dr. Thomas regularly employs laser technology in the treatment of periodontal disease. The precision and efficiency of laser periodontal therapy can be a more effective and comfortable approach as compared to traditional surgical procedures.

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease, we urge you to contact us for a periodontal health assessment. You will be glad you did!

 
   
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