Gum Disease

gum disease

San Francisco, Marin, and Oakland, CA

Gum disease can cause permanent damage to your oral health. In its advanced stages, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, deterioration of bone structure, and even threaten your life. Did you know that, based on recent research conducted by the American Academy of Periodontology, gum disease patients have approximately twice as high a risk of developing heart disease?

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is, simply, an infection that develops in the tissue of your gums. If you or a member of your family has gum disease, the problem will not go away on its own. Early diagnosis and treatment as, when gum disease reaches its advanced stages, then there has been irreversible damage done to your teeth and mouth.

Gingivitis

Gum disease occurs from a build up of bacteria in the mouth, which causes an infection in the gums that first presents itself in the form of inflammation. This inflammation is known as gingivitis, and it is the first stage of gum disease. Gingivitis presents symptoms of puffiness, redness, pain, and bleeding gums, and it affects nearly 80% of the population in the U.S.

Periodontitis

If allowed to progress, the next stage of gum disease is periodontitis. The inflammation that causes gingivitis eventually forms pockets in the gums between the teeth and the gum line. These pockets only can be cleaned through professional treatment.

Treating gum disease

Glen Park Dental offers the following types of treatments of gum disease:

  • Repetitive therapy is used to describe combined procedures of scaling and root planing. These treatments are performed at scheduled intervals, as anesthetic usually is administered to numb the area that will be treated, and treating one side of the mouth per visit prevents having to numb the entire mouth.
  • Laser therapy. Dental laser technology is a significant upgrade over traditional gum surgery. Laser treatments are shorter, more precise, preserve a greater quantity of healthy gum tissue, and have less discomfort or bleeding. Laser therapy allows the dentist to remove any diseased tissue, which allows gums to repair.
  • Arestin. An oral antibiotic, Arestin is applied in powder form directly to affected gum tissue. While it can be prescribed as a stand-alone treatment, it frequently is used following a scaling and root planing.

Proper oral hygiene as well as routine dental exams and cleanings minimize the risk of developing gum disease.

Want to learn more about our treatment of gum disease? Contact our office at (415) 585-1500 to schedule an appointment.

Glen Park Dental provides comprehensive, compassionate, quality oral health care for patients in the areas of Marin, Oakland, and San Francisco, California.

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