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Mount Hope Dental | Periodontal Disease in Mount Hope


Periodontal Disease

Case 1: Periodontal Disease

The x-rays below show a patient with uncontrolled periodontitis. Note the severe bone loss and the calculus (tartar) build-up on the roots of the teeth.  This patient will more than likely lose his teeth due to severe periodontal disease and the loss of much of the surrounding bone. The lines and circles demonstrate where ledges of calculus (tartar) build-up exists below the gumline.

Upper Teeth:

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Lower Teeth:
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This patient had an acute periodontal abscess on the lower right second molar. The tooth was extracted and a picture was taken. Note the extensive calculus (tartar) build-up on the roots of the tooth. The calculus is largely hidden below the gumline and may not be visible in the mouth at all. The calculus is on every one of this patient's teeth below the gumline.
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X-ray of lower right second molar before extraction. Note tartar build-up and bone loss.      Picture of tooth after extraction. Note the massive amount of tartar build-up.     Picture of the same tooth after the roots have been scaled and cleaned.
-This is what a dental hygienist does in the mouth if a tooth is able to be saved. After the scaling and root planing is performed the PerioPretect method is highly effective at not allowing the plaque to mineralize into hard deposits on the root surfaces. Thus the soft tissue (gums) around the teeth is maintained in optimal health. 
The panoramic x-ray below shows the amount of bone loss in the case above. The red lines indicate where the actual bone level on the teeth is. The blue lines indicate where the bone level would be if the patient was periodontally healthy and had never lost any bone. The space between the two lines represents the amount of bone loss the patient has incurred from severe periodontal disease and failure to seek preventive care or treatment earlier.

Case 2: Periodontal Disease

The case below shows another patient with periodontitis:

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Mount Hope Dentist | Periodontal Disease. Randy Newby and Dr. Katie Neidig is a Mount Hope Dentist.