Gum Disease Treatment
Know the Risks and Treatment Options Available in Ridgecrest, CA
Do your gums hurt on a regular basis? Do you notice blood after brushing or touching your gums? If so, call The Dentist House today to schedule a consultation.
Gum disease is one of the most common problems affecting patients throughout California. Gum disease is one of the many reasons people end up visiting the dentist and many times, patients do not even know there is a problem.
Comprehensive Gum Disease Treatment
The Dentist House is proud to be able to provide our patients with treatment services for all types of gum disease. Whether you are suffering from gingivitis or periodontitis, we will help you restore your beautiful smile. Some of our gum disease treatments include:
- Laser treatment
- Deep cleanings
- Root planing and scaling
What Is Gum Disease and What Causes It?
Gum disease is a condition that occurs when plaque is left on the teeth for too long. Plaque forms from the bacteria that like to hide in the crevices of your teeth. When your teeth are not properly brushed and cared for, the plaque begins to form and irritate the gums.
As the gums become more irritated, gingivitis forms. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and is characterized by gums that are sensitive, swollen, and red. With the correct care, gingivitis can be reversed when it is caught in time.
The treatment method will vary for gingivitis depending on how far advanced it is. Typically, a thorough dental cleaning and education about proper at-home care is enough to kick the infection to the curb.
Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis is not caught in time and continues to progress. The plaque on your teeth will begin to move under your gum line where it will continue to wreak havoc. Periodontitis is identified through bleeding gums, receding gums, and gums that begin to pull away from the teeth or form pockets underneath them. Eventually, periodontitis will lead to the loss of teeth.
Once periodontitis occurs, it can be hard to reverse. The tartar on your teeth will need to be removed through a process called root planing and scaling. We can also offer laser gum treatment. Once the infection is removed, The Dentist House can continue treatment. You may need to undergo cosmetic procedures to restore your smile.
What Are Common Signs of Gum Disease?
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
- Receding gums
- Swollen, irritated, and inflamed gums
- Gums that bleed
- Bad breath
- Pain when eating
What Happens at a Gum Disease Consultation?
When you come in for your consultation, we will look over your teeth to identify whether gum disease exists or not. If we find that it does, we will recommend a treatment plan for you, which typically involves a dental cleaning, root planing and scaling, and antibiotics for the infection.
Once your gum disease is handled, you will need to come in for regular dental cleanings and examinations to prevent gum disease from happening again.
If you would like to schedule your gum disease treatment consultation, call The Dentist House today at 760-657-4049. If you are unable to give us a call, please fill out our convenient appointment form.