At Flossy Dental Group, we recognize the critical role that gum health plays in your overall oral wellness and the vitality of your smile. Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is a prevalent condition, but with our expert care, it’s one that can be effectively managed and treated.
Our seasoned dental professionals are deeply committed to providing comprehensive care that addresses periodontal disease and focuses on preventing its recurrence. If you’re concerned about your gum health, we invite you to visit our practice in Harbor City, CA, to explore the best treatment options and regain your oral health.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a progressive condition affecting the gums and the supporting structures of the teeth. It’s caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar, which can eventually lead to gum inflammation and damage. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause a number of complications such as receding gums, bone loss around the teeth, tooth sensitivity, bad breath, and even tooth loss. With early diagnosis and treatment, however, it is possible to effectively manage periodontal disease and prevent further damage.
Periodontal disease begins as gingivitis, characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums, and can advance to periodontitis, where the gums pull away from the teeth, forming pockets susceptible to infection. If unchecked, this can destroy the gum tissue and bone, ultimately resulting in tooth loss.
Stages & Symptoms
- Gingivitis: Mild inflammation and bleeding of gums during brushing or flossing.
- Periodontitis: Formation of deeper pockets between teeth and gums, potential bone loss, and noticeable gum recession.
- Advanced periodontitis: Severe bone loss, loose teeth, and increased risks of systemic health issues.
How Is Periodontal Disease Diagnosed?
Diagnosing periodontal disease early is crucial for effective management and treatment.
Our approach includes:
- Comprehensive examinations: A thorough visual inspection to identify signs of gum inflammation, recession, and bleeding.
- Periodontal probing: Measuring the depth of the gum pockets around each tooth to assess the severity of the disease.
- Dental x-rays: Essential for detecting any bone loss around the teeth, a key indicator of advanced periodontal disease.
How Is Periodontal Disease Treated?
Our treatment approach for periodontal disease is comprehensive and personalized. It focuses on both resolving the current condition and preventing future occurrences.
Scaling & Root Planing
This is a deep-cleaning, non-surgical procedure where we remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line (scaling) and smooth out rough spots on the tooth root (root planing). This process not only cleanses the gums but also facilitates healing and the reattachment of the gums to the teeth.
Post-treatment, we provide guidance on home care routines, including proper brushing and flossing techniques, to maintain your gum health. Regular check-ups and cleanings are also crucial in preventing the recurrence of periodontal disease.
We continuously assess your gum health to ensure the effectiveness of the treatment and make adjustments as necessary.
Maintaining Gum Health
Maintaining healthy gums is a critical aspect of overall oral health. We emphasize the importance of regular dental check-ups, proper oral hygiene practices, and lifestyle choices that promote gum health. Our team is here to provide education and support, ensuring you have the tools and knowledge to keep your gums healthy.
Preserving Your Gum Health, Preserving Your Smile
Flossy Dental Group believes in a proactive approach to gum health, understanding that healthy gums are the foundation of a healthy smile. If you’re experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease or want to learn more about maintaining optimal gum health, we’re here to help. Contact our Harbor City, CA office today to schedule your appointment and take the first step towards a healthier, happier smile.