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Is gum disease a deadly condition?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the smile that starts mild, causing red, swollen gum tissues, but can progress to the point where it can cause extreme damage and harm to the body. Some patients ask if gum disease is deadly, and the answer can be somewhat complexDr. Claire Cho and her team at Claire Cho DDS of Aliso Viejo, California, encourage patients to learn how periodontal disease can affect the rest of the body.

Gum Disease Treatment in Aliso Viejo CA area

Is gum disease deadly?

Gum disease can be extremely damaging to the smile, causing bone loss, gum tissue loss, and tooth loss. It can completely devastate a patient’s smile and require extensive–and even expensive!–repairs to restore the smile after it has caused this damage. However, what needs to be monitored is the transfer of the infection to other parts of the body. 

Periodontal disease causes bacteria in the mouth, which can then enter the bloodstream. This is known as the “oral-systemic connection.” When bacteria enters the bloodstream and is carried to other parts of the body, it can cause an increased risk of strokes, heart attacks, and other medical problems.

How can periodontal disease be treated?

At Claire Cho DDS, Dr. Claire Cho and her team will evaluate your smile and give you a proper diagnosis of your condition. If the later stages of periodontitis are spotted, patients must seek treatment as soon as possible to restore oral health and wellness. Dr. Claire Cho will often recommend a cleaning that goes deep within the smile to treat the infection and repair the smile. This treatment is known as the LANAP procedure for gum disease.

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LANAP is an acronym for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. It is a highly advanced and modern approach to treating periodontal disease. The procedure uses state-of-the-art dental lasers to remove infection and promote healing in the gums. This minimizes discomfort and reduces the risk of gum recession, a common side effect of traditional gum surgery.

LANAP is a preferred treatment for many patients, especially compared to more traditional methods such as scaling and root planing.

How do I learn more about caring for my smile after a diagnosis of periodontal disease?

If you live in the area of Aliso Viejo, California, and want to speak to our team of professionals about our oral health services, we invite you to call the office at (949) 541-2529 to request a visit.

We are open to new and returning patients in our state-of-the-art dental office.

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Dr. Claire Cho, Claire Cho DDS, CA

Claire Cho, DDS, has been serving patients for over 31 years.

She is passionate about applying new knowledge in her practice and attends continuing education courses annually. These advanced courses have enabled her to gain specialized knowledge on implantology, dental prosthetics, soft tissue grafting, neuromuscular occlusion, and bone and tissue regeneration.

Dr. Cho is one of the few dentists in Orange County offering LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure), the FDA-approved gum disease treatment that doesn’t involve cutting and sewing. She combines science with an artistic eye to transform the smiles and lives of patients. Her recent accolades include nominations for Best of LA Cosmetic Dentist and Top Doc of Orange County by Orange Coast magazine and being awarded fellow status by the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

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