Periodontal (gum) disease is a condition of inflammation in the gums, which can cause severe damage to your oral health. When the bone, gum tissue, and connective fibers become damaged or weakened around your teeth, we may recommend one or more periodontal procedures to control the problem. There are several stages of periodontal disease that range from mild to severe. The very first phase is gingivitis, which happens if patients have plaque buildup under the gumline. Without treatment, gingivitis may turn into the second stage, known as periodontitis, which affects the bone and fibers that support your tooth roots. Advanced periodontitis is the final stage of gum disease, which can cause teeth to become loose or fall out.
To treat periodontal disease, Dental Express offers both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options based on the seriousness of the disease, including antibiotics, scaling and root planing, gum surgery, as well as extractions. If you have signs of gum infection, contact one of our offices in San Diego, CA to schedule an exam and consultation with us.
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Gum disease in its earliest stage, gingivitis, isn't easy to discover on your own. Quite often, the supportive structures around the teeth can be destroyed by a bacterial infection, but these structures are also vulnerable to traumatic incidents and developmental abnormalities. It's important to schedule yearly dental examinations at Dental Express. This gives our team a chance to check your gums so we can identify and address gum disease before it impacts your oral and overall health.
As periodontal disease progresses, signs will include swollen or red gums, bleeding due to regular brushing and flossing, receded or separated gums, and persistent halitosis (bad breath). In the later stages of gum disease, you can also feel pain while chewing and sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures. It is crucial to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing any of these symptoms so the disease can be addressed before it gets into your bloodstream.
What to Expect
Your periodontal treatment will be based on the seriousness of the infection. If our team diagnoses you with gum disease, we will discuss suggestions for your treatment plan. For mild cases, scaling and root planing (SRP) is typically done to clean out your gum pockets. In more advanced cases, antibiotics can be prescribed in addition to multiple scaling and root planing treatments. Serious cases of gum disease will normally call for gum surgery, such as pocket reduction.
Depending upon your condition and treatment plan, your recovery period will be different. You may need to make multiple appointments at Dental Express to fully correct your gum disease. Once your oral health has been restored, you need to continue scheduling regular dental examinations and cleanings. Additionally, you should maintain a daily home routine, including brushing and flossing. We may recommend an antibacterial mouthwash or toothpaste to reduce your chance of getting another gum infection.
Expenses for periodontal disease therapy will vary based upon the severity of the illness and the procedures required. If you are using dental insurance, our office will contact your insurance company to determine what they cover and if there will be any additional expenses. For patients with no insurance, Dental Express takes many payments and we can help you to find low-interest medical financing. Concerns about costs? Please speak to our team about your concerns. Avoiding the dentist because of financial concerns can lead to bigger problems and much more expensive therapies.
Periodontal disease will get worse without the correct therapy so it is crucial to seek professional help when any symptoms occur. At Dental Express, we work with you to renew your gum health and avoid future cases of the disease. For more information or to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists, give us a call at one of our several convenient locations in San Diego, CA.