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Periodontal Gum Disease

Periodontitis, also known as gum disease, is a serious gum infection that damaged the soft tissue around the teeth. Without treatment, periodontitis can destroy the bone that supports your teeth. This can cause teeth to loosen or lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis in common but can usually be prevented. It begins with the buildup of plaque and tartar from oral bacteria. Warning signs to look out for include bleeding gums, receding gums, swollen gums, and even the loss of teeth. Gum disease is treatable and can be detected by your dentist, even in early stages. If left untreated it can lead to serious health concerns such as a risk of stroke and heart attack.

Gum disease is broken down into three stages of varying severity: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. At the stage of gingivitis, inflammation causes the pockets formed by the gums around the teeth to expand. This space between the teeth and gums can be measured by your dentist to determine the scope of damage. If your dentist measures this space to be over three millimeters, this leaves room for further complications.
When gingivitis becomes periodontitis, prolonged exposure to plaque and tartar create even greater space between the gums and teeth. At this stage bone loss has begun and the gums bleed easily. 

The final stage is advanced periodontitis where bone loss could be severe. The gap between the teeth and gums has allowed bacteria to slip all the way to the socket and roots of the teeth. At this stage the prevalence of bacteria loosens the tooth from the bone and immediate treatment is necessary to prevent the loss of teeth.

Gum Disease Treatment

In the early stage of gum disease, treatment could be as simple as having your dental cleaning more frequently. This allows your dentist to remove the tartar before it has a chance to cause serious damage. As gum disease progresses, deeper cleanings, called dental scale and root planing, are necessary to remove plaque and tartar that has made its way deeper under the gums. With the use of anesthetic, this should feel no different than a typical cleaning. In some cases, a device similar to a tooth whitening tray is used for medication to penetrate deeper under your gums. In more severe cases, laser or oral surgery could be necessary to eliminate the damage caused by the bacteria and treat the receding gums.

The Gravity of Gum Disease

Gum disease, medically termed periodontal disease, evolves in stages, from the milder gingivitis to the more severe periodontitis. Early intervention can prevent complications and potential tooth loss.

Indicators of Possible Gum Disease:

  • Red, Swollen Gums: That may bleed during brushing or flossing.

  • Persistent Bad Breath: Even after brushing or using mouthwash.

  • Receding Gums: Teeth appearing longer due to gum recession.

  • Loose or Shifting Teeth: Resulting from weakening gum support.

  • Tender or Painful Gums: Making chewing a discomforting experience.

Premier Dental’s Strategy Against Gum Disease:

  1. In-depth Examination: Employing state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, Dr. Rodriguez evaluates gum health, determining the severity and extent of the disease.

  2. Scaling and Root Planing: This deep-cleaning procedure meticulously removes plaque and tartar from below the gumline, and smoothes the tooth root to help the gums reattach.

  3. Medications and Advanced Treatments: Depending on the condition’s progression, topical or oral antibiotics, and even surgical interventions may be recommended.

  4. Preventive Education: Empowering patients with knowledge on maintaining gum health, from correct brushing techniques to the importance of regular dental checkups.

Why Entrust Your Gum Health to Premier Dental of El Dorado Hills?

  • Expert Care: Dr. Rodriguez possesses a keen understanding of periodontal health, ensuring precise and effective treatments.

  • Patient-Centric: From comfortable surroundings to compassionate staff, we prioritize your comfort and well-being.

  • Holistic Treatment: We address both the symptoms and underlying causes, ensuring a comprehensive therapeutic approach.

  • Ongoing Support: Gum health requires regular monitoring. We offer consistent check-ups, ensuring that your gums remain in prime condition.

If you notice signs of gum discomfort or have been diagnosed with gum disease, prompt and effective treatment is key. At Premier Dental of El Dorado Hills, we pledge to restore and maintain your gum health with expertise and care. To commence your journey to healthier gums, contact us at (916) 864-9822 or visit our center at 1192 Suncast Ln Ste 3, El Dorado Hills CA 95762.

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