Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, can be a frightening topic, especially if you don’t know what it is. Despite its reputation, gum disease is often quite easily treatable! If addressed in the early stages, gum disease can be eliminated without any invasive treatment, and even at advanced stages, it is often completely reversible.
Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque in your mouth. Plaque contains bacteria that can irritate the gums and can often build up below the gum line where brushing doesn’t reach. When this happens, bacteria can grow unchecked and irritate the gums, causing infection or deterioration of tissue.
The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis. This inflammation of the gums is generally due to a lack of oral care. If you don’t spend the appropriate amount of time brushing and flossing, then gingivitis can occur. Symptoms include inflammation of the gums, bleeding while brushing, gum sensitivity, and discoloration. Many patients, however, don’t notice any symptoms or feel discomfort.
Gingivitis is easy to treat and can generally be reversed by a professional cleaning and better oral hygiene habits. If you think you may have gingivitis, schedule a cleaning today by calling our office at 650-592-6396.
Advanced gum disease can cause symptoms like those of gingivitis, as well as several others like:
- Receding gums
- Gums that can pull away from the teeth
- Pain/discomfort/bleeding in gums
- A change in your bite due to loosening teeth
Despite the severity of some of these symptoms, we can treat them! Dr. Ghina Morad offers several different options for gum disease treatment in San Carlos, California, all of which can reverse the effects of gum disease and return your smile to a healthy, happy state.
Deep Cleaning with Root Planing and Scaling
The growth of gum disease is primarily due to plaque bacteria that become trapped below the gum line. In order to clean the pockets that can be created by the bacteria and prevent them from coming back, a process called root planing and scaling is used.
After numbing the area, we will use a small tool that gets below the gums to clean out the infected area. Once the plaque has been removed, we will help speed healing and prevent additional infection using an antibacterial gel.
Our dentist also uses another method to help clean and heal infected gums: Perio Protect®. These custom trays help move a chemical compound into the pockets created by plaque, cleaning them and aiding in the healing process. Even better, you just need to wear your Perio Protect trays for a few minutes each day!
In severe cases, Dr. Ghina Morad can use cosmetic treatments after healing to restore gum appearance and reverse receded gums.