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Periodontal Disease and Treatment

 

Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums that if not addressed and treated can destroy the support of your natural teeth.

 

The leading cause of periodontal (gum) disease today is plaque build-up.  Plaque is a sticky, colorless film that sticks to your teeth at the gum line and forms constantly.  If not carefully removed by daily brushing and flossing, plaque will harden into a rough, porous substance known as tartar.   Only by thorough daily brushing and flossing can you remove these germs and help prevent periodontal disease.

 

Identifying periodontal disease

 

Bacteria found in plaque can produce toxins or poisons that will irritate your gum line.  This can make your gums turn red and swollen, and bleed when you brush.  If you notice this irritation, please make an appointment to see one of our dentists.  Ignoring this condition will cause your gums separate from your teeth, resulting in pockets or spaces.  As  periodontal (gum) disease progresses, your supporting gum tissue and bone that holds your teeth in place will start to deteriorate.  If this still goes untreated, tooth loss can follow.

 

How is Periodontal Disease treated?

One of our dentists or staff members will complete a series of professional dental cleanings that will include: scaling (scraping plaque above and below the gum-line, planing (smoothing the tooth surface), and curettage

 

Surgery -- if needed for reducing deep pockets that remain underneath the gum after extensive cleaning sessions

 

Low-dose oral or topical antibiotics in cases where appropriate

 

Maintenance by proper brushing, mouth rinses, floss, and a healthy diet.  Good home care can effectively eliminate the plaque above the gums and down to 2mm below the gums.

 Signature Dental - 4321 Truxel Road Suite #F5 - Sacramento, CA 95834, USA - (916) 515-1588