Our experienced dentists can provide periodontal treatments to help fight gum disease and improve your oral health and smile. There are a variety of treatment options available, and we will work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your needs.
Treating periodontal disease is important for maintaining good oral health. Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is a bacterial infection of the gums that can destroy the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss.
There are two main types of periodontal disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a milder form of the disease that only affects the gums. Periodontitis is a more advanced form of the disease that not only affects the gums but also the bone supporting the teeth.
Periodontal treatment can vary depending on the severity of the disease. In most cases, treatment will involve professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist. This is followed by daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular checkups. More severe cases of periodontitis may require surgery to restore the bone and tissue around the teeth.
What causes gum disease?
There are a few things that can cause gum disease. Poor oral hygiene is one of the biggest factors. This means not brushing and flossing your teeth regularly or not doing it properly. If you do not remove plaque from your teeth, it can turn into tartar, which is much harder to remove. Tartar can irritate your gums and cause them to become inflamed. This is called gingivitis, and it is the early stage of gum disease.
Other things that can cause periodontal disease are smoking, diabetes, certain medications, puberty, menopause and genetic factors. Gum disease is more common in adults, but it can affect people of any age.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
If you have periodontal disease, you may not have any symptoms in the early stages. As it progresses, you may notice that your gums are red, swollen and bleed easily. You may also have bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth. If your gum disease is severe, you may lose teeth.
If you think you may have periodontal disease, come see our dentists and team for an evaluation. From there we can determine if you have the disease and create a treatment plan that is right for you
Call Scordakis Family Dental at 916- 363-2374 to make an appointment with Dr. Peter Scordakis and Dr. Dina Wasileski and learn more about periodontal treatments in Sacramento, California.