Periodontal Disease and Treatments
Your dental health is about much more than your teeth. Gums play a vital role in your overall dental health, which is why periodontal disease poses a significant health risk.
At Apple Dental of San Diego, our dentists care for your entire smile, using gentle and effective treatment to ensure the health of your gums. If you are concerned about your gum health, make an appointment today and let Dr. Maung Maung, Dr. Phan, and Dr. Ruiz give your gums the care they deserve.
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Our Gum Disease Treatment Services
Our dentists have treated numerous cases of gum disease over the years. Their experience and compassion for their patients allow them to offer exceptional treatment while making you feel comfortable and cared for.
When you visit Apple Dental of San Diego, the dentist will examine your gums to determine whether gum disease is present and what treatment is best.
In most cases, the best course is a scaling and root planning procedure. The dentist removes any plaque and tartar built up around and below the gum line, alleviating gum irritation. He will then smooth out the root surface to allow the gums to heal and reattach. Our dentists take great care to ensure that all risk of infection is removed and make every effort to preserve your dental health.
Gum Disease Symptoms and Warning Signs
Nearly half of all American adults over 30 have some form of gum disease. Because the symptoms start small, it can be easy to overlook. This makes it essential to monitor your gum health closely and schedule regular check-ups.
Periodontal disease begins as gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums. The inflamed gums appear red and puffy and bleed when brushing or flossing. Most often, this is caused by bacterial plaque that has built up around the gum line and hardened into tartar, which irritates the gums. If left untreated, gingivitis worsens into periodontitis.
At this stage, bacteria infect the gums, damaging the soft tissue supporting teeth. The gums begin to pull back from the teeth and are also sensitive to touch and extreme temperatures. Over time, periodontitis may loosen teeth, and extraction may become necessary.
When to See the Dentist
To guarantee that your gums receive the care they need, be sure to make regular visits every six months. This allows the dentist to monitor your gums regularly and reduce the risk of tartar buildup.
On top of routine visits, we recommend that you make an appointment if you have any of these symptoms:
- Inflamed gums
- Bleeding gums
- A receding gum line
- Pain when chewing
- Gum sensitivity
- Loose adult teeth
Certain factors can elevate your risks of periodontal diseases, such as poor hygiene, tobacco use, diseases such as diabetes, or medications that cause dry mouth. Women who experience hormone changes, such as during pregnancy, may also be at a higher risk of gum disease.
Be sure to visit us to discuss your potential risk factors. Our dentists will ensure that your gums are kept in the best health possible.