Effective Gum Treatment for Periodontal Disease in Orinda, CA
While pink, plump gums are the hallmark of a healthy smile, the important role your gums play in supporting and stabilizing your teeth is less visible. A common cause of tooth loss, gum disease is a preventable infection that can damage your gums and jawbone. It can range in severity from mild gum inflammation (gingivitis) to chronic gum and bone disease (periodontitis).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that half of all Americans 30 and older need gum treatment. If periodontitis is left untreated, bacteria and inflammatory agents can enter the bloodstream and spread to other parts of the body. In Orinda, California, you can receive effective gum treatment and benefit from a full range of other general dentistry services at Virginia H. Ellis, DDS Dental Corp.
Signs That You May Need Gum Treatment
Because early-stage gum disease does not usually produce noticeable symptoms, it can easily sneak up on you. A dentist can detect it during a routine dental checkup, but on your own you might not realize you have it until it reaches an advanced stage.
In addition to seeing a dentist regularly, it is important to watch for signs of gum disease, such as:
- Tender, red, and swollen gums
- Bleeding or receding gums
- Bad breath
- Mouth sores
- Pockets of pus between teeth and gums
- Loose teeth
- Changes in denture fit
What Does Gum Treatment Involve?
The periodontal specialists at Virginia H. Ellis, DDS Dental Corp. offer the latest treatment options for gum disease. To address early-stage gingivitis, we may suggest frequent dental cleanings supplemented by a home care plan designed to restore your gums to optimal health. In addition to making lifestyle changes, such as consuming a healthy diet and managing stress, this may include regularly using a prescription antibacterial mouthwash or PerioProtect Trays™.
To address more advanced gum disease, we may recommend a deep teeth cleaning procedure called root planing and scaling. During this procedure, a dental professional removes plaque and tartar from deep pockets between the teeth and gums, then polishes the teeth with a rotating brush and special gel. To address late-stage periodontitis, we may suggest more intensive gum disease treatment, such as dental implants.
If you notice any signs of gum disease, you should see a dentist right away. At Virginia H. Ellis, DDS Dental Corp., we provide comprehensive gum treatment and other dental services in Orinda, CA. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We will see you as soon as possible!