Gum Disease Specialist

Ramona Dental Group

Dentistry located in Ramona, CA

Gum disease affects almost half of adults aged 30 and older. If you experience red, swollen, or receding gums, gum disease might be to blame. The expert dental team at Ramona Dental Group in Ramona, California, diagnoses and treats gum disease to prevent more serious dental complications. If you suspect gum disease, schedule an appointment with Ramona Dental Group over the phone or online today.

Gum Disease Q&A

What is gum disease?

Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a gum infection that causes damage in soft tissues surrounding and supporting your teeth. If it's left untreated, gum disease can cause receding gums, loose teeth, and even tooth loss. Treatment helps reduce disease progression and prevent serious complications. 

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

While common, gum disease is largely preventable with good oral hygiene and routine dental cleanings. However, sometimes gum disease can still occur despite your best efforts. Signs and symptoms include gums that are:

  • Bleeding 
  • Swollen and puffy
  • Bright red
  • Tender
  • Receding
  • Pus-filled
  • Painful

Gum disease can also cause bad breath, painful chewing, spaces between your gums and teeth, and changes in your bite.

See the experts at Ramona Dental Group for an evaluation at the first sign of gum disease, as early detection and treatment is crucial for preventing serious oral health issues.

What are the risk factors for gum disease?

While anybody can develop gum disease, the following factors increase your risk:

  • Obesity
  • Gingivitis
  • Poor brushing and flossing habits
  • Skipping professional dental cleanings
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Older age
  • Hormone changes
  • Inadequate nutrition
  • Substance abuse
  • Genetics

Certain medications, a weak immune system, and chronic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and Crohn’s disease also increase your risk of developing gum disease.

How is gum disease treated?

To diagnose gum disease Ramona Dental Group experts review your symptoms, examine your teeth and gums, and take dental X-rays. Your personalized treatment plan is based on the severity of the disease and might include:

Lifestyle changes

Don’t smoke or chew tobacco. Use antiseptic mouth rinse, get professional cleanings, and practice good oral hygiene habits to prevent gum disease from worsening.

Scaling and root planing

Scaling is a procedure your dentist uses to remove bacteria and tartar from the surface of teeth and beneath your gums. They might use special instruments, ultrasonic devices, or lasers. Root planing can smooth tooth root surfaces and prevent future tartar and bacteria buildup.

Antibiotics

Using oral, topical, or liquid antibiotics can control bacterial infections associated with gum disease.

Surgical treatments

In severe cases of gum disease, your dentist might recommend surgery including pocket reduction surgery, soft tissue grafts, guided tissue regeneration, bone grafting, or tissue-stimulating proteins.

Don’t let gum disease progress to serious oral health problems. Schedule an appointment with Ramona Dental Group over the phone or online today.