It's 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 treatment for gum disease from Carmel Mountain Dental Care as soon as possible. It’s also important to know what to look for. The most common symptoms of Gum Disease are:
Bleeding when brushing and flossing
Tenderness and swelling of the gums
Discolored gums that are red, purple, or dark
Bad breath (halitosis)
The proper treatment for gum disease varies, based on the stage of your gum disease and its progression. You can rely on Dr. Lee and Dr. Moeckel to provide comfortable, quality treatment at Carmel Mountain Dental Care. Common periodontal care treatments include:
In this procedure also known as scaling and root planing, one of our dentists will remove bacteria from between your teeth, gums, and the roots of your teeth, as well as smooth the roots to prevent further bacterial buildup.
Antibiotics are often prescribed as part of periodontal care, and can help destroy the bacteria causing gum disease, and halt its progression.
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.
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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. In extreme cases, some of all of your teeth may need to be extracted and replaced with dentures, bridges, or dental implants. But before you get to that point, understand that you have options.
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. Contact us as soon as possible at (858) 484-4880 to book a consultation. If you’re in Del Sur, Carmel Valley, Rancho Bernardo or Poway, you can stop by our office at 9310 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite A, San Diego, CA 92129 to schedule your appointment.
Dealing with gingivitis, gum disease, or periodontal disease can be tough, but our team is committed to getting you answers so you feel prepared when receiving treatment.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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