Periodontal Therapy An Overview
Achieve better gum health with personalized periodontal therapy in Antelope Valley.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a progressive bacterial infection of the gum tissue and surrounding structure. This infection is one the most common dental concerns that patients develop. Gum disease stems from poor oral hygiene that leads to an increased plaque and tartar buildup around the gum line. When plaque and tartar are not properly removed, it can cause bacteria to fill up in pockets surrounding the teeth, causing the teeth and gums to weaken over time.
The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. During gingivitis, the infection is just beginning, and most patients can be treated using a conservative measure to help restore their gum health. As gingivitis progresses, it can develop into periodontitis. During periodontitis, patients develop a more aggressive form of gum disease that may lead to tooth loss and other complications if left untreated.
Finding the right treatment to improve your gum health and reduce your risk for further complications is key to maintaining optimal oral health. Smile Dental Group offer a full range of periodontal therapy treatment for patients in various stages of gum disease. Our team of highly trained trusted dentists exam your teeth, gums, and surrounding bone structure to determine which treatments best suits your dental needs. We build personalized solutions to restore your oral health.
Risk Factors For Gum Disease
Anyone is at risk for developing gum disease. However, some patients are at a higher risk due to certain factors. For instance, patients who meet these conditions may be at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease.
- A family history of periodontal disease
- Poor diet and nutrition
- High-stress lifestyle
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Crooked or misaligned teeth
- Poor oral hygiene routine
We can work with you to assess your risk of gum disease. For patients who are at high risk, we can even develop a preventive care plan to help reduce your risk of developing gum disease. It is imperative to visit our dentist office regularly to receive routine dental cleaning and screening for complex dental problems. When gum disease is caught early, patients can reduce their risk of tooth and bone loss caused by gum disease. The health and overall wellness are important to our team at Smile Dental Group.
Signs of Gum Disease
The signs and symptoms of gum disease differ for each patient. Routine dental visits allow us to asses the condition of your teeth and gums to determine if gum disease is present. In some cases, patients may notice changes in their oral health which prompt them to visit our office. If you notice any of these signs, be sure to visit our office for a complete dental evaluation.
- Bleeding gums
- Halitosis (persistent bad breath)
- Shifting teeth
- Loose teeth
- Swollen, red gums
- Tooth loss
- A receding gum line
The longer gum disease is left untreated; the more likely patients will experience advanced complication such as tooth loss, facial sagging, and bone loss. Gum disease should be treated promptly to avoid complex issues.