Periodontal disease is a microbial infection of the gums and tissues that support your teeth. It is caused by plaque and tartar accumulation on the teeth resulting from poor oral hygiene. If not treated in time, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and severe health issues. At Ygnacio Dental & Orthodontics in Walnut Creek, CA 945961, we provide advanced periodontal therapies to cure your gum disease and help restore your overall dental health condition.
What Are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal or gum disease does not always display apparent symptoms, making it vital for you to avail regular dental checkups to ensure good oral health. The signs may be subtle during the early stages of the infection, but without treatment, the disease will progress to more severe conditions. You may experience:
- Swollen, inflamed gums
- Bleeding gums
- Constant foul breath
- Gum recession
- Pus discharge near the tooth roots
- Sensitive teeth
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
How Can You Prevent Periodontal Disease?
The easiest method to fight periodontal disease is through prevention. It would be best if you dutifully brushed twice a day and flossed at least once a day. Regular dental visits will also help reduce your risk of developing gum disease. Another crucial step to preventing gum disease is to consume a healthy, nutritious diet. This means cutting down on sweets, sodas, and snacks between meals. Drinking plenty of water will also help decrease bacteria in the mouth.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Surgical and non-surgical techniques can be used to treat gum disease.
Scaling and root planing are standard non-surgical treatments to treat periodontal disease. It involves the systematic removal of plaque and tartar from the tooth roots. We will clean out the harmful bacteria and irritants underneath the gums during this procedure to prevent plaque accumulations.
The most common surgical treatments include:
Pocket reduction - During this procedure, the gum tissue is wrapped back to bring deeper tissues out in the open. Rough surfaces of the damaged bone may have to be smoothed to uncover hidden bacteria. Then, harmful bacteria are cleaned out. The gum tissue is then sealed and sutured in place.
Bone Regeneration - Gum tissue is gathered back to expose deeper tissues. Then disease-causing bacteria are extracted. Bone grafts, membranes, or tissue-generating proteins are used to stimulate your body's natural capacity to renew bone and tissue and cure some of the destruction caused by gum disease. Excess bone and gum tissues are then recontoured to uncover more of the natural tooth. This can be done on a single tooth to even out the gum line or expose your genuine smile on several teeth. Later, the gum tissue is closed and sutured in place.
If you have signs of periodontal disease, visit Ygnacio Dental & Orthodontics at 1766 Lacassie Ave # 101, Walnut Creek, CA 945961, or call us at (925) 280-2848 and schedule an appointment. We will provide the best possible treatment to keep your gums pink and healthy.