Gim Disease Therapy
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a serious condition that can lead to the permanent loss of teeth and bone. It starts out as gingivitis, but can quickly progress into its more severe form when care is lacking.
Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Gum recession (exposed roots)
- Tooth sensitivity
- Teeth that are loose
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Gums that are swollen or bleed during brushing and flossing
- Heavy tartar and plaque buildup
Our dentists and hygienists screen for gum disease during each preventive care appointment. The periodontal screening identifies areas where gums have detached from the tooth, creating a pocket. X-rays are necessary to assess the extent of bone loss.
In most cases, we treat periodontal disease through a series of deep cleanings. These cleanings remove tartar and biofilm from below the gum tissue. A laser may also be used for therapeutic purposes. With regular home care and maintenance visits, we can reverse the infection and prevent tooth loss.
Why Gum Disease is Dangerous
Gum disease doesn’t just affect your smile. It’s also directly related to health conditions like:
- Sleep apnea
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Erectile dysfunction
By eliminating the infection, you can help your immune system work more efficiently. Call our San Diego area office for gentle, effective treatment against gum disease. Be sure to ask about our sedation options and restorative treatments!