Healthy gums are an essential component of your oral health and overall health. Your gums are the foundation of your teeth and set the stage for a beautiful and radiant smile. If you have signs and symptoms of gum disease or periodontal disease, you must undergo periodontal treatment in San Diego without delay.
Understanding Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is a serious bacterial infection of the gums and bones that support the teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Periodontal disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of food and bacteria that forms on the teeth. Plaque constantly forms on our teeth and can only be removed by brushing and flossing. If plaque is not removed, it hardens into calculus (tartar). Once calculus forms, it can only be removed by a professional cleaning at the dentist.
If plaque and calculus are not removed, they will begin to damage the gums and bone. The gums will become red, swollen, and may bleed. This is called gingivitis and is the early stage of periodontal disease. Untreated gingivitis can progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis is a more serious infection that can destroy the gums and bones that support the teeth. If left untreated, your teeth may soon become loose, fall out, or need to be removed by a dentist.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease:
- Halitosis or persistent bad breath
- Red or swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Tender gums
- Pain while chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Deep pockets between gums and teeth
- Changes in the way the teeth fit together
The Elements of Your Periodontal Treatment
Your periodontal treatment in San Diego starts with a consultation with a dentist or periodontist. We offer thorough consultations during which the dentist carefully examines your teeth and gums, discusses your symptoms, administers dental x-rays and other diagnostic tests, and determines the precise extent of the damage. Based on your symptoms, goals, and the severity of periodontal disease, we curate a personalized treatment plan, which may include scaling and root planing, crown lengthening, gum lift, bone grafting, gum grafting, and gum depigmentation.
For over half of American adults, a solid oral hygiene routine still isn’t enough to ward off bad breath, gum disease, or even overall health issues. That’s because your toothbrush is just one tool that can only do so much. When it comes to penetrating below the gum line, where open wounds and gum disease are known to thrive, you need more.
Perio Protect® custom trays, molded specifically to your mouth, are built with a patented seal that gently delivers bacteria-fighting hydrogen peroxide deep below your gums where a toothbrush can’t reach. The benefits are remarkable.
By treating gum disease in this non-invasive way from the comfort of your home, you can clear up infections that cause bleeding of the gums. This is important because bleeding gums can become a conduit for pathogens to enter your bloodstream and lead to larger issues like heart disease, diabetes, and colorectal cancer. Further, this treatment also brightens teeth and freshens breath.
Keep brushing, flossing, gargling, and scheduling regular dental cleanings, and know that the results you may be seeking can be achieved with a treatment that is almost as simple as brushing your teeth.
Why Choose Advanced Dentistry & Implant Center?
Advanced Dentistry & Implant Center is a state-of-the-art dental clinic led by Scripps-affiliated dentist Dr. Roya Mirkhan, a specialist in periodontics and dental implantology with 20+ years of experience. We believe in helping you achieve and maintain the perfect smile, which means helping you prevent and treat gum disease at the earliest stage possible. We use cutting-edge technologies and techniques to reverse the effects of gum disease and improve your smile. Please schedule an appointment to explore your options for periodontal treatment in San Diego.