Periodontal Care in Rancho Peñasquitos
Gum disease is one of the most common oral health issues in America, and it has been estimated that up to 50% of all adults suffer from gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. If you want to keep your mouth healthy, it’s important to get help for gum disease from Carmel Mountain Dental Care as soon as possible.
If you do not get proper periodontal care, gum disease could result in permanent damage to your mouth and gums, and even the loss of teeth. Contact us now for a consultation in Del Sur, Carmel Valley, Rancho Bernardo or Poway.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is also called “periodontal disease” and it refers to the infection of your gum tissue by oral bacteria. It is caused by poor oral hygiene, which leads to the buildup of plaque and tartar around your gums. Eventually, the bacteria in plaque and tartar will infect your gums, causing inflammation, discoloration, and a wide variety of other symptoms.
How Can Gum Disease Be Prevented?
The single best way to prevent gum disease is to brush correctly for at least 2 minutes, 2-3 times per day. You should also floss once per day, and see the team at Carmel Mountain Dental Care for six-month teeth cleanings in 4S Ranch and Carmel Mountain Ranch. This will ensure that your mouth is healthy and that if you do have gum disease, we can provide you with the proper treatment before it progresses further.
How Do I Know If I Have Gum Disease?
The signs of gum disease can vary based on the stage of the disease’s progression, and your overall level of oral health. Gingivitis, the first stage of the disease, is reversible and does not cause permanent damage to your mouth. It usually has relatively minor symptoms, such as:
- Bleeding when brushing and flossing
- Tenderness and swelling of the gums
- Discolored gums that are red, purple, or dark
- Itchy gums
- Bad breath (halitosis)
If you do not get treatment for gingivitis, it will progress into the next stage of gum disease, which is known as “periodontitis.” This stage of the disease can cause permanent damage to your gums and teeth, and is not reversible. Symptoms of this include:
- Shifting and loosening of your teeth
- A foul taste in your mouth
- Pockets of pus between the teeth
- Teeth looking longer due to gum recession
- Pain and sensitivity when chewing
If you notice any of the above symptoms, you need to get periodontal care as soon as possible. Contact us for an emergency appointment with one of our skilled dentists.
What Are My Options for Periodontal Care?
The proper treatment for gum disease varies, based on the stage of your gum disease and its progression. Some common periodontal care options include:
- Deep cleaning (scaling & root planing) – In this procedure, one of our dentists will use special tools to scrape bacteria away from between your teeth, gums, and the roots of your teeth, as well as smooth the roots to prevent further bacterial buildup.
- Oral antibiotics – Antibiotics are often prescribed as part of periodontal care, and can help destroy the bacteria causing gum disease, and halt its progression.
- Gum surgery – Gum flap surgery (also called “pocket reduction surgery”) can be used to fold back the gums, clean the roots of the teeth, and eliminate the source of the infection.
In extreme cases, most of your teeth may need to be extracted and replaced with dentures, bridges, or dental implants.
Schedule Your Consultation Today at Carmel Mountain Dental Care!
If you think that you have gingivitis or periodontitis, it’s important to get help as soon as possible to reverse or halt the progression of gum disease. If you think you need periodontal care, contact us right away at (858) 484-4880, or stop by our office at 9310 Carmel Mountain Rd, Ste A, San Diego, CA 92129 to schedule your appointment.