Fight Back Against Gum Disease
Gum disease affects nearly half of all American adults. Without proper periodontal care and treatment, gum disease can lead to other oral health issues like gum recession, a change in your bite, and even tooth loss. Proper at-home oral care and periodontal treatment from our dentists are critical for restoring your oral health and preventing gum disease from permanently damaging your smile. If you think you may be suffering from gum disease, schedule an appointment at Peninsula Dental Excellence today.
Gingivitis and Gum Disease
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and causes no permanent, irreversible damage to your gums and teeth. The symptoms of gingivitis are relatively minor, and will subside with proper treatment from one of our dentists. Gingivitis can be completely cured if you begin caring for your teeth and gums properly and seek intervention right away. However, if you do not get treatment for gingivitis, it can progress into gum disease (periodontitis), which causes permanent damage to your gums and teeth. Unfortunately, periodontitis can never be completely cured, but with regular periodontal care and maintenance, you can prevent it from getting worse.
Do I Have Gum Disease?
Common Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
The symptoms and signs of gum disease vary based on the stage of the condition. Gingivitis usually has relatively minor symptoms, limited to things like bleeding when brushing and flossing, halitosis (bad breath) that won’t go away, and swelling of the gums. Your gums may also be tender or painful to the touch.
As gingivitis progresses into the later stages of gum disease, though, the symptoms are much more serious. You may notice that your gums are receding, and this may make your teeth look longer. Your teeth and gums may become very sensitive, and the way your teeth fit together may shift, which will affect your bite. In the most serious cases, you may even experience symptoms like loosening teeth, total tooth loss, and pockets of pus forming between the teeth.
What Are My Treatment Options?
Managing Periodontal Care
Typically, the first periodontal treatment recommended to most patients is a deep cleaning (also called scaling and root planing). One of our doctors will use special dental tools to scrape between your gums and teeth, removing plaque and tartar. Then, the dentist will smooth the roots of your teeth, which helps eliminate bacteria. Typically, this treatment spans two appointments, as half of your mouth will be treated at each appointment.
Scaling & root planing, along with proper at-home oral care and antibiotic treatments, are usually enough to reverse gingivitis and may stop the progression of early-stage gum disease. However, for more serious cases, you may require further surgical intervention, such as gum flap surgery or gum grafting.
Save Your Smile
Periodontal Therapy at Peninsula Dental Excellence
If you have been dreaming of improving your smile, a cosmetic makeover from Peninsula Dental Excellence can completely renew your self confidence so you can let your smile shine. Feel free to stop by our office in Mountain View at 1704 Miramonte Avenue, Suite 4, Mountain View, California 94040 or give us a call at (650) 968-9186 to learn more about your options for a cosmetic makeover.