Conservative Gum Treatment
Periodontics refers to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, involves bacterial growth on the teeth and gums that gradually destroys the structures of the mouth. If this bacteria (commonly called plaque) is not removed, it irritates the mouth and causes:
- Receding gums
- Bone and tissue decay
- Tooth loss
- Bone loss
More than 75 percent of Americans over the age of 35 have some form of gum disease. Many of these patients are unaware of their condition and will wait to treat gum disease until it has reached an aggressive and dangerous state.
It is best to treat gum disease in its earliest stages. The early treatment of gum disease is not only more successful, but it is also more comfortable, conservative, and affordable.
Detecting Gum Disease
Our skilled periodontists at Guerra Dental Health can help you detect and treat periodontitis and gingivitis effectively. Periodontal disease can be prevented or treated with:
- Routine cleanings and checkups
- Education regarding gum care
- Scaling and root planing (deep cleanings)
Gum disease that has progressed may require surgical treatment, so it is preferable to catch gum disease in its primary stages. Our strong dental hygiene department can provide you with gentle or deep cleanings to reverse the effects of periodontal disease.
Warning Signs of Gum Disease
- Gums that bleed easily during brushing and flossing
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
- Loose or separating permanent teeth
- Change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Change in the fit of your partial denture
However, many patients have gum disease without knowing it. If you have not seen your dentist within the past six months, schedule your visit to check on the health of your teeth and gums. Our comfortable gum disease treatments can protect you from tooth and bone loss in the future.