Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection of the gums and tissues that support your teeth. It is caused most often by the build-up of plaque and tartar when teeth are not routinely brushed and flossed.

There are two major stages of periodontal disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis affects only the gums. It is a mild form of gum disease, and if properly treated, may be reversed. Left untreated, gingivitis turns into periodontitis. During this more destructive disease stage, bacteria penetrate into the deeper pockets of tissue where bone and membrane support your teeth. Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and serious health problems.

Research shows that 47.2 percent of American adults over the age of 30 have mild, moderate or severe gum disease, which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. It is also possible to have gum disease without experiencing any symptoms. The best way to avoid or manage gum disease is by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly.

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Removal of teeth is sometimes necessary because of pain, infection, bone loss or fractured of the tooth. The bone that holds the tooth in place is often damaged by disease and/or infection resulting in deformity of the jaw after the tooth is extracted. In addition, when teeth are extracted, the surrounding bone and gums can shrink and recede very quickly after the extraction resulting in unsightly defects and collapse of the lips, and cheeks. These jaw defects can create major problems in performing restorative dentistry whether your treatment involved dental implants, bridges or dentures.

Even a subtle change in your smile helps you to project an image of self-confidence and high personal esteem. When you feel good about yourself, it shows in your appearance.

Our team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, quality care you deserve. Located in downtown Englewood, Florida, we’re proud to work with you to achieve goals that blend the highest levels of technology and skill with common sense. This unique approach to directing appropriate choices has made Lemon Bay Dental a magnet for patients from throughout the city as well as in Sarasota – Charlotte counties.

Our goal is to assist each patient in achieving and maintaining long term dental health and a beautiful smile by exploring all their options. Informed patients make choices that fit their needs, desires and budgets.

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