The Importance of Periodontal Maintenance  

Did you know Periodontal disease affects almost fifty percent of adults over the age of 30 and increases dramatically as one ages?

In fact, Periodontal disease and tooth decay are two of the most pressing threats to dental health. Curious if you are in need of periodontal care?

We are thrilled to have Dr. Yesbeck as our in-house Periodontist as he will be working closely with our dental team to assess and treat any signs of periodontal disease.  Dr. Yesbeck also specializes in bone grating, gum grafting and dental implants. At Commonwealth Dentistry, we are committed to providing you the best dental care and finding ways to make this easy for you without the hassle of making multiple trips to see an outside Specialist.

Why should you see a Periodontist? 

Gum Disease or Periodontal Disease, is an infection of the gum line and if left untreated severe damage to the tooth and surrounding bone can occur. Periodontists receive advanced training in the latest techniques and innovations in periodontal treatment and will work with you to provide a treatment plan suited to your needs. Seeking treatment for gum disease early is paramount. Gum disease will continue to worsen and significant health problems can arise if left untreated. Therefore, it is important to recognize the early signs and maintain the right preventative care including keeping your routine dental exams. 

Dr. Nicholas Yesbeck, Periodontist, DDS

Nicholas Yesbeck

Periodontist, DDS

Our in-house periodontist Dr. Nicholas Yesbeck is a lifelong Richmonder. He grew up in Midlothian and attended Virginia Commonwealth University for 11 years where he received his undergraduate degree, DDS degree, and specialty certificate in periodontics with a Masters of Science in Dentistry. His training was concentrated on treating periodontal disease, gum grafting, bone grafting, dental implants, and moderate sedation.

He is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the American Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association, and the Richmond Dental Society. He also gives back to the community through local Mission of Mercy projects in Virginia. Outside of dentistry, he enjoys spending time with his family and staying active outdoors.

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What are the stages of Periodontal Disease?

  1. Gingivitis– This is the first phase and is often reversible if caught early and is caused by a buildup of plaque along the gum line. After stage one, there is no reversing gum disease.
  2. Slight Periodontal Disease– This stage affects both the bone and the fibers that support the tooth roots. Scaling and root planning are often used to treat to deep clean and treat gum disease in stage two.
  3. Moderate Periodontal Disease– This stage has deeper periodontal pockets that breed and harbor bacteria. This bacteria aggressively attacks the bones and bloodstream.
  4. Advanced Periodontal Disease– The final stage is when bacteria significantly deteriorate the bone that supports their teeth. If left untreated, stage four can lead to gaps between the teeth, significant gum recession, the need for dentures, and serious health problems.

By continuing to keep your regularly scheduled dental exams, our team can accurately assess for early signs of gum disease.

So give us a call here or schedule your appointment online today!

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