Periodontal (Gum) Treatment in Vallejo, CA
With half of Americans over 30 years old suffering from gum disease, we focus on education and prevention in order to help our patients maintain their oral health. Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection in your gums caused from plaque and bacteria on your teeth and below your gumline. It is impossible to remove plaque and bacteria from below the gumline with brushing and flossing alone.
In addition to an active infection, bacteria create an acidic environment in your mouth, leading to decay and potential tooth loss. At Drs. Morgan Nordstrom and William Vizzolini's office, we help you preserve your natural teeth by addressing any potential conditions that put your teeth in danger.
Diagnosing Periodontal Disease
The most common cause of periodontal disease is ineffective home care and lack of professional dental cleanings. At our Vallejo, CA dental office, we recommend regular cleanings and exams so that we can look for conditions such as periodontal disease and treat it before it progresses. In its early stages, gum disease can be reversible.
Some of the most common symptoms of periodontal disease are bleeding, swollen, and painful gums. Bad breath is also an indication of a bacterial infection. As the disease progresses, more serious symptoms can occur such as recession, bone loss, sensitivity, and tooth mobility.
We know that patients stay away from the dentist for a number of reasons. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that up to 30% of patients have mild to severe dental anxiety. At the Vallejo dental office of Morgan Nordstrom DDS and William C. Vizzolini DDS, we take our time with you, making sure you feel comfortable before we jump into treatment. Our gentle touch, combined with our compassionate approach, puts our patients at ease. If you require more assistance controlling your dental anxiety, we also offer sedation dentistry.
Our dentists approach treatment without making patients feel guilty about their condition. We focus on the solution and on creating a long-term treatment plan to keep you healthy. In many cases, we can eliminate your gum disease with a series of specialized cleanings that remove the bacteria in your mouth both above and below your gumline.
You will need time to heal, and we will monitor you closely to make sure the infection does not return. We will recommend consistent home care combined with a professional cleaning schedule. Once you have periodontal disease, you are more susceptible to it returning, so diligence is necessary to keep it under control.
Systemic Conditions and Periodontal Disease
Scientists have recently linked gum disease with other life-threatening conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, respiratory diseases, and diabetes. Getting treatment for your periodontal disease could potentially save your life.
Call to Schedule Your Periodontal Evaluation
Contact our dental office to set up an evaluation with one of our highly skilled dentists. Treating your periodontal disease is a life-saving step, and we can make your treatment convenient, comfortable, and effective. We look forward to welcoming you to our office.