If left untreated, gum disease can be damaging to your oral and overall health. Fair Oaks Family Dental offers specialized periodontal care to ensure your gums are as healthy as possible. Our comprehensive treatments repair the damage caused by gingivitis and periodontitis, and our preventive care can keep your smile healthy and strong.
Contact Fair Oaks Family Dental today for periodontal treatment to restore your oral health.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal diseases are infections of the structures that support your teeth. At first, plaque and tartar buildup can cause gum sensitivity. Over time, this buildup increases beneath the gums and can develop into gingivitis. Although reversible, gingivitis is a serious condition that requires prompt attention. If left to untreated, the bacteria will cause inflammation and infection that can spread to other areas and cause more damage.
Bleeding gums are an early warning sign and may indicate the presence of gingivitis. Some other symptoms to watch for include:
- Soft, tender, or inflamed gums
- Receding gum line
- Bad breath
- Bright gums with a red or purple hue
Some cases of mild gingivitis are asymptomatic and may go unnoticed, so regular dental check-ups are very important. Consistent exams allow a dental professional to determine the health of your gums and provide early intervention when needed. It’s important to attend regular appointments so we can check the depth of your gum pockets. In some cases, deep pockets may be the only symptom of gum disease.
Make and keep your bi-annual dental visits, call our Fair Oaks Family Dental team at the first sign of periodontal distress.
Treating Gum Disease
Gingivitis can be reversed with scaling and root planing. These procedures scrape away the offending plaque and tartar buildup and smooth the tooth roots to encourage gum reattachment. Severe periodontitis requires scaling and root planing along with antibiotic treatment. An antibacterial mouthwash is sufficient in simple cases, but oral antibiotics may be necessary for more advanced infections.
Contact Your Periodontal Specialist at Fair Oaks Family Dental