Do you experience swollen, bleeding gums when brushing or flossing? These are the initial signs of gum disease. It would be best to respond quickly before this condition worsens. Perio and Implant Center is the leading practice for Monterey gum disease. Contact the specialists for long-term relief.
Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease, commonly known as periodontal disease, refers to a bacterial infection of your gums and various other soft tissues in your mouth. It begins as gingivitis and is characterized by swollen gums that easily bleed when you brush or floss.
As gum disease worsens, the infection deepens. Consequently, it affects your tooth’s visible, outer layer that covers the roots and the ligaments connecting the tooth to the bone underneath. It also affects the alveolar bone, which is the ridge of bone containing the tooth sockets.
Gum disease symptoms include:
- Puffy, bright red gums
- Constant bad breath
- Gum recession
- Pain when chewing
- Bleeding when flossing or brushing
- Loose or sensitive teeth
With good hygiene habits, you can avert gum disease at the initial stages. However, as it worsens, you will need professional assistance for lasting relief.
Causes of Gum Disease
Commonly, gum disease occurs due to poor oral hygiene habits. Failure to brush regularly and regular flossing between your teeth can lead to plaque build-up on your teeth. The plaque further hardens into tartar, causing inflammation in your gums.
These agitated gums pull away from your teeth, leaving pockets between the teeth and gum. Bacteria build up in these pockets, causing more plaque buildup and deeper infection. Individuals susceptible to gum disease include smokers, diabetics, and women undergoing extreme hormone changes, such as during pregnancy and menopause.
Treatment of Periodontal Disease
At Perio and Implant Center, Dr. Pechak aims to stop gum disease and prevent its spreading. Your treatment plan varies subject to the severity of your condition and the extent it has spread.
Gingivitis can be stopped by maintaining proper at-home cleaning habits and professional cleaning. Ensure you brush twice a day, floss all your teeth at once a day, and schedule an in-office appointment.
- Moderate Gum Disease
If you experience mild to moderate gum disease, the typical treatment is usually scaling and root planing. Dr. Pechak and his expert team expel gum and tartar from your teeth and beneath the gum line in this procedure.
“Scaling and uprooting,” usually done by a skillful team of certified hygienists, adequately trained periodontal specialists, involves using an ultrasonic scaler with hand scaling. With the help of this tool, your hygienist removes hard deposits. Simultaneously, the naturally antiviral house produced Ozone water calmly flushes and clears away the remains. These bubbles further break up cell walls of bacteria, reducing the chances of reinfection.
You need to maintain good hygiene at home after a successful root planing and scaling and an examination to ensure the treatment effectively prevents the infection’s advancement.
- Severe Gum Disease
Dr. Pechak uses LANAP® (Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure). In this treatment, light energy removes defective gum tissue and harmful bacteria. Your therapy results include less pain and speedy recovery. There is no downtime as fewer patients report discomforts and resume work within the next day.
If you seek effective gum disease treatment to eradicate gum pain, maintain good oral hygiene, call or book an online appointment with Perio and Implant Center for a customized treatment solution.