You're likely to have periodontal disease during your lifetime. It can develop at any age. In fact, more than one in three people older than 30 have a form of periodontal disease that has advanced beyond gingivitis.
    Symptoms of periodontal disease include gums that bleed easily, such as during brushing or flossing; red, swollen or tender gums and pus; gums that have pulled away from the teeth; persistent bad breath; loose or separating teeth; and changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
    Periodontal disease is a serious condition that should not be ignored. Recent research indicates a relationship between periodontal infection and more severe health problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, osteoporosis and preterm low birth-weight babies. Good periodontal health is a key component of a healthy body.
    A periodontist is a specialist in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. Periodontists also perform gum grafts and cosmetic gummy-smile corrections as well as placement and maintenance of dental implants. Peridontics is a dental specialty requiring 2 to 3 years of dental school post graduate training.
    Dr. Kim enthusiastically shares the latest techniques and technologies in periodontics and implantology with his referring general dentists through his study club meetings and seminars.
    This team approach with your general dentist/ surgical specialist ensures the most predictable long-term success.
    It's always preferable and economical to hold onto your natural teeth through periodontal treatment. However, dental implants can replace the missing teeth so you can enjoy renewed confidence and renewed quality of life.
    All of our procedures are done in-office with the option of I.V. sedation, laughing gas, oral sedation or local anesthesia. Please visit our website www.lexperioimplant.com for a description of these procedures. Most insurances are accepted.
    In addition to our web site, Dr. Kim recommends the American Academy of Periodontics' web site at www.perio.org. For financing, go to www.carecredit.com.