THE PERIODONTAL INTER-RELATIONSHIP

It is impossible to properly diagnose and treat a patient dentally without looking at the patient as a whole person. Our decision on how to properly treat a patient is based on many factors. For example, to replace even a simple missing tooth we need to look at the health of the gums and bone, the health of the adjacent teeth, the position of the teeth and how the teeth contact and come together when you bite, the replacement options, our short term goals, our long term goals, possible future dental treatment/needs and what the patient wants and expects. One of the advantages of having specialty care is that for those patients that need it, we have ‘expert’ opinions on how to best treat a dental problem. Fortunately, most patients can be properly diagnosed and treated by their general dentist. But for those complicated patients, we have specialist who can help the general dentists develop a treatment plan and help properly treat these patients.

Current research shows that there is a very close inter-relationship with Periodontal Disease and your health in general. Current research has also found that “Inflammatory Diseases” can have an adverse effect on many areas of the body. Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease. We are finding out more and more how Periodontal disease can affect the rest of the body and how other diseases can affect the gums.

A perfect example is the inter-relationship of Periodontal disease and Diabetes. We have found that it is often difficult to get control of the diabetes in a patient with uncontrol periodontal disease and it is often difficult to get control of the periodontal disease with uncontrolled diabetes.