Carmel Valley Periodontal Therapy
Approximately 90% of adults have some type of gum infection, ranging from gingivitis to aggressive gum disease. In fact, gum disease results in more tooth loss than cavities do. It’s also preventable.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
While symptoms may vary from person to person, some of the most common symptoms of periodontitis include:
- Bleeding gums
- Gum recession
- Gaps or spaces between teeth
- Tooth mobility
- Tartar buildup
- Food getting caught between teeth
During your dental exam, we’ll perform a thorough gum evaluation where we measure the attachment levels of the tissues against the roots of your teeth. We will also use X-rays to assess the extent of bone loss that has occurred.
How Does Periodontal Disease Develop?
Gum disease begins as gingivitis. When plaque isn’t thoroughly removed through daily flossing or effective brushing, it accumulates along the gums. Gradually, plaque calcifies into tartar, and irritated gums then pull away from the tooth. In time, deep pockets develop under the gums alongside the tooth, resulting in loss of bone support around the roots.
Periodontal Treatment Available
Most cases of periodontal disease are best managed through a series of deep cleanings. As we remove the buildup below the gumlines and create a clean environment, the disease process is halted. In the ideal situation, a small amount of gum tissue will also re-attach to the root of the tooth.
The Impact on Your Health
Active periodontal infections significantly raise your risk of unmanaged diabetes, pneumonia, infertility (both in men and women), high blood pressure, and stroke. By eliminating the infection inside of your mouth, you can secondarily boost your immune system and improve overall wellness.
Have Bleeding Gums?
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Your smile depends on it. Contact Torrey Hills Dental today to request a gum disease screening