Periodontal diseases (also known as gum diseases) are infections of the gum and bone that hold the teeth in place. If periodontal problems are not treated, they can eventually result in tooth loss.
Periodontal diseases are often painless, and you may not be aware that you have a problem until gums and the supporting bone are seriously damaged.
The good news is that periodontal diseases often can be treated in the early stages with a treatment called scaling and root planing.
Signs of Gum Disease
Plaque or bacteria that clings to teeth and the gums is the cause of irritation and infection that can destroy your gum and bone tissue. Signs of periodontal disease are:
- Bleeding gums
- Red and swollen gums
- Gums that are pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus between the teeth
- Loosening of your teeth
- Changes in your bite
Prevention is the first line of defense and includes good daily oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups and cleanings.
More About Treatment
Gum disease in Park Place Dentistry is treated with non-surgical treatment such as scaling and root planing and using ultrasonic instruments to remove tartar and smooth root surfaces, as well as removing toxins deposited by bacteria under the gums. Use of local antibiotics might be needed to control the infection in the periodontal pockets and reducing these pocket depths. Once scaling and root planing is completed, if pockets stay more than 3 mm, additional periodontal treatment from your Irvine dentist might be needed. Periodontitis will not go away by itself. Left untreated, surgery may be needed to save affected teeth. Genetics, smoking, and hormonal changes can adversely affect your gum condition or healing process. That is why it is important to call your Irvine dentist at the first signs of gum disease.
Please contact Park Place Dentistry to discuss the proper solution to your gum disease condition.