Periodontal disease is an infection of your gums that can be caused by neglecting your oral hygiene. If plaque is allowed to build upon your teeth, it can allow gum disease to develop.
Left untreated, your jaw bone and soft tissue can deteriorate and lead to tooth loss. There are some warning signs you can look for, and Vallejo, CA can evaluate your smile to identify any underlying oral health issues.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Periodontal disease can be a silent disease since many symptoms aren't noticeable until it has reached the late stages. Some early warning signs include:
- Receding gums
- Tooth pain
- Bleeding after brushing or flossing
- Swollen, red, tender gums
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
- Changes in your bite
If you think you might have gum disease, let us evaluate your dental health to provide gum disease treatment.
Treating Gum Disease
During your evaluation with us, we can determine the best treatment for you, depending on the severity of the disease.
Common periodontal disease treatments include:
Deep cleaning: We remove any plaque or tartar above and below the gumline. We recommend frequent cleanings to make sure the disease does not advance.
Scaling and Root Planing: This is a nonsurgical deep cleaning procedure performed under local anesthesia to remove bacteria and to clean the surface of your teeth so that gums can reattach.
Flap Surgery/Pocket Reduction Surgery: If your gum disease has advanced, we can lift and clean under the gums so they can fit snugly around the tooth.
Bone Grafts: If bone loss has happened, we can restore it with a bone graft procedure.
Learn More on How to Treat Gum Disease
Like many dental issues, things will only get worse if untreated. At Morgan Nordstrom and William C. Vizzolini, D.D.S., we collaborate closely with our patients to maintain their oral health and beautiful, healthy smiles. We use preventive dentistry like routine dental check-ups, exams, and at-home oral hygiene habits.
Call us today to learn more about gum disease treatment and to schedule an appointment with us.