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, 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.
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:
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.
While anybody can develop gum disease, the following factors increase your risk:
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.
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:
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 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.
Using oral, topical, or liquid antibiotics can control bacterial infections associated with gum disease.
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.