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Periodontal Disease

We provide exceptional periodontal disease treatment. Periodontal disease (sometimes called gum disease or periodontitis) is an infection affecting the bone and tissues surrounding your teeth. Healthy gums are “tight” and pink in color; whereas infected gums turn red, become spongy, and can sometimes cause your teeth to become loose. The disease is caused when bacteria (found in plaque) produces toxins and enzymes that irritate the gums, causing infection and inflammation. Surprisingly, this rarely causes pain.

What most people don’t know is that periodontal disease can be life-threatening. According to the American Dental Association, periodontal (gum), disease has been linked to heart disease, respiratory problems, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s, premature births, and rheumatoid arthritis.

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Common symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Swollen gums
  • Dark build-up between teeth
  • Bleeding gums when you floss
  • Constant bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Decaying teeth

While it is possible for you to detect these signs on your own, usually people who have gum disease don’t know it. For instance, most people just ignore bleeding gums when flossing, but this can actually be a sign of periodontal disease.

Gum Disease Treatment In Massachusetts

We assess the severity of your condition accurately by using a periodontal probe to measure pocket depth. A healthy pocket (around every tooth) is typically 3mm deep or less. The greater the pocket depth, the more severe your periodontal disease. The resulting condition is a deeper and deeper pocket. What ensues is a progressive breakdown of the tissue and bone.

In order to determine the best way to combat the bacteria that are causing gum disease for a specific patient is to determine what bacteria are actually present. We work with partners like OralDNA and Temple University for in-depth microbial testing to look for the root cause of the disease so we can find a permanent solution.

We are fully aware that the daily treatment and removal of oral bacteria and plaque are both key strategies for maintaining a healthy mouth. That is why our Massachusetts dentists supply you and your family with proven solutions to combat periodontal disease.

  • We treat periodontal disease based on its severity. If you have gingivitis (the early phase of periodontal disease), we typically perform a routine cleaning (sometimes it takes 2 visits to clear up this infection), and we recommend changes to your at-home oral care.
  • If the disease progresses to cause deeper pockets, we must conduct a soft-tissue management program or gum therapy. We use hand scaling techniques and an ultrasonic scaler to remove tartar, plaque, and bacteria underneath your gums, and often use a tissue laser to improve unhealthy gum tissue.

After the treatment is completed, we will have you return in 6 weeks for a follow-up visit. At this time, we check your periodontal pockets again and go over any further home care instructions we may have for you.

Once you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, you will always potentially have it. The bacteria that cause this damage will attempt to “recolonize” in about 90 days. This is why we recommend effective at-home oral care and a 3-month maintenance appointment during which we will provide a more thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums.

The American Academy of Periodontology indicates that 3 of 4 Americans have some form of periodontal disease. We do not want you or your family to join this outrageous statistic.

We have five convenient locations in Wakefield (781-245-2299), Dracut (978-957-1811), Billerica (978-663-4303), North Andover (978-685-8313) and Chelmsford (978-970-2089). Please give us a call and experience the difference.

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19:22 02 Jun 22
Everyone at this practice is welcoming and helpful. Tanya, who has been my Dental Hygienist for many years, is excellent and the reason that I stayed with the practice after Dr. Vermette left. I have been very happy with that decision and happily drive the 25+ miles to get there.
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01:35 02 Jun 22
Cori is amazing!! Extremely knowledgeable and very willing to provide dental education each visit. Appointments are always on time and the environment is spotless. I’ve convinced my whole family to receive their dental care here. Would highly recommend!!
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19:37 01 Jun 22
Can’t say enough wonderful things about this team at the Dracut location. I have such a phobia of the dentist and I had a dental emergency and was in agony for days over the holiday weekend. After seeing my regular dentist and being disappointed with their recommendations, I called this office after it was highly recommended by a friend. This was the best decision I could have made. I called and explained my situation, they got me right in, provided me with all the information I needed in order for me to make the best decision possible. They made me feel comfortable, cared for, like family. Dr Oliver Austria and his assistant Courtney were top notch. For any and all dental needs, please run to this office, you will not be disappointed!
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I had Dr Oliver Austria for invisalign. There was an add for a free consultation online. I set an appointment, had a full consultation with x rays, advised of several options available to me and walked out without spending one penny. Dr Austria is fiercely meticulous, graduated from Tufts university and is the best of the best.
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22:20 24 May 22
Awesome staff across the board. Been to this location and Wakefield, very highly recommended both locations and all staff.
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21:17 23 Apr 22
Came in the office so scared in the past in other offices the atmosphere was so different but I was greeted with a smile the staff was so knowledgeable made me feel comfortable and I had a pleasant experience. Will definitely recommend this office to many of my friends and coworkers and above all the work was done professional and proficient .
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14:38 24 Feb 22
I cannot say enough great things about Future of Dentistry. My visits are like spending time with my friends. From the minute I walk in to the time I leave “ I truly enjoy going to the dentist” Thank you Dr. Austria and all of the Dracut FOD family
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16:13 21 Jan 22
Best dentists and hygienist ever. Super competent and kind staff. I actually love going for appointments. Could not ask for better or more responsive care for my family or me.
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03:06 20 Jan 22
Excellent staff and service. My family and I have gone to this dental office for years. Tanya is the best hygienist ever! They are always on time for your appointments too! Would highly recommend if you are looking for a new dental office!
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01:10 06 Jan 22
I have had Tanya as my dental hygienist for several years now She is always friendly ,caring,and professional. She does an excellent job each and every time.I have also had to have procedures done over the last 2 years , caps and fillings and am very pleased with the quality of care I received by Dr Austria and his assistant.
Dave CollinsDave Collins
14:09 30 Dec 21
I can really say, I enjoy visiting the dentist when I come here. Kim always remembers my name and greets me warmly when I arrive. My hygienist Cori tailors my care around my comfort level as best as possible and Dr. Austria is friendly, gentle and very knowledgeable. I have referred many friends and family to this office and will continue to do so. Keep up the good work!
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