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Periodontal Disease

The word periodontal means “around the tooth”.  Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth.  Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva.  If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar).  When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone.  Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.

Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it!  Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.

Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy.  Researchers are determining if inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease affects these systemic diseases and conditions.  Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.

Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.

Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:

  • Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
  • Loose teeth – Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
  • New spacing between teeth – Caused by bone loss.
  • Persistent bad breath – Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
  • Pus around the teeth and gums – Sign that there is an infection present.
  • Receding gums – Loss of gum around a tooth.
  • Red and puffy gums – Gums should never be red or swollen.
  • Tenderness or Discomfort – Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.

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I cannot recommend Dr. Sassani and his team enough. I came into his office in literal tears, I had neglected to go to the dentist for a few years and was paying for it with a very bad infection. Dr. Sassani was very empathetic, his first and foremost goal was to relieve me of my immediate pain, and that he did. From there, he developed a simple plan to get my dental health back in order. That was a few months ago, and today I just went in to finish my crown and get the last few cavities taken care of (we had put a temporary on and waited for the new year for my insurance to renew). I finally have a healthy mouth again and a huge burden of stress has been taken off my shoulders because of this

John A. Yelp 2017

DR Andre Sassani is an artist. He works quickly and gently, handling injections, fillings, crowns and you-name-it with ease. As he works, he asks if your'e ok, tells you what he's doing, answers questions, provides guidance. He is respectful of your time. He is polite to his staff.
Office staff is delightful, professional, kind. Hygenist is gentle and full of information.
It's a win all around.

Yelp Review April 2015

Description of Experience: My husband had two wisdom teeth that were causing him significant pain. In addition, he had not been seeing a dentist regularly for an extended period of time due to unfortunate experiences with dentists earlier in his life.
Member Comments: My husband is still raving about Dr. Sassani. He and his staff were very calming, supportive, informative, and not condescending or judgmental about my husband's dental condition. They were extremely flexible with appointment times and did their best to get him in as soon as possible, even calling when other patients cancelled their appointments to see if he wanted those earlier spots.
When he was finally in the chair, they checked on him during his procedures (cleanings and extractions) frequently to make sure he was comfortable and coping well, and everyone was very friendly. Even when they were having issues with some of his deep cleaning, they remained positive and supportive which really helped my husband overcome his fear of the whole experience. I know my husband is challenging on a good day; they made an excellent impression on his first visit with them, and he will be using them regularly from now on and looks forward to his next visit. That's what I call a success story

S. Freeman Angies list, Oct 2015

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