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Gum Disease Therapy in Tracy, CA

Gum disease can affect people of all ages. If gum disease is left untreated, advanced gum disease can lead to serious oral health problems, including tooth loss. At Miller’s Family Dentistry, we offer periodontal treatment to treat gum disease to restore your gum health. Our experienced team will create a treatment plan that meets your needs and fits your budget. Contact us today to learn more about our services!

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, (also known as periodontal disease), is a bacterial infection of the gums that can eventually lead to tooth loss. It is caused by plaque, which is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth. If plaque isn’t removed, it hardens and turns into tartar, which can only be removed with a professional cleaning.

Over time, tartar can cause gum recession, where the gums pull away from the teeth. This creates pockets where more plaque can build up, leading to further irritation and inflammation, as well as loose teeth. If left untreated, this can damage the bone tissue that support the teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss.

Signs of Gum Disease

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it may be an indication of gum disease:

swollen or tender gums

gums that feel tender to the touch

loose teeth

gums that pull away from your teeth, making them look longer than usual

gums that bleed

bad breath

pain when chewing

spaces between the teeth

The Stages of Gum Disease

Gum disease progresses in three stages: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of the disease and can progress to periodontitis if left untreated. If gingivitis is caught early enough, it can be easily managed with non-surgical treatments.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease and is characterized by inflamed gums. If gingivitis is not treated, it can progress to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease. Symptoms of gingivitis may include red, swollen, or bleeding gums that are tender or painful to the touch. Gingivitis is usually reversible with early treatment and good oral hygiene. This involves brushing twice daily, flossing daily, and seeing a dentist regularly for professional tooth cleaning.

Periodontitis

Periodontitis is a condition affecting the gingival tissue and bones supporting the teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to adult tooth loss. Periodontitis may not feel painful, and without regular dental exams, it can be hard to detect until there is significant damage to the teeth and gums.

Advanced Periodontitis

Advanced periodontitis is a severe gum disease that can lead to tooth loss and has been linked to other serious health problems like heart disease and cardiovascular disease. Periodontitis typically develops slowly, over time, and can progress to the point where it starts to destroy tooth structure. Advanced periodontitis can lead to bone loss and deep gum pockets that can eventually lead to tooth loss.

Signs of Gum Disease

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it may be an indication of gum disease:

Scaling and Root Planing

Periodontal deep cleaning is a non-surgical way to treat gum disease. Scaling and root planing is used to remove plaque and tartar below the gum line, and smooth the tooth root to prevent bacteria from reattaching.

Medicated Mouthwash

Our dentist may recommend that you use a medicated mouthwash or antibiotic to help control the infection after a deep cleaning has been done.

Gum Surgery

If your gum disease has progressed to the point that non-surgical options can't correct it, surgical treatments such as gum grafting procedures may be necessary. Periodontal flap surgery involves lifting back the gum tissue to remove plaque and tartar from the exposed surfaces of the teeth and roots. In addition to a gum graft, you may also need a bone graft if the periodontitis has damaged the integrity of your jaw bone.

How to Prevent Gum Disease

Good oral hygiene habits and regular dental visits are the best way to prevent gum disease from occurring. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss regularly. Professional dental cleanings remove the bacteria that turns into plaque and tartar buildup before it becomes a problem. Avoid smoking or tobacco use, which can also increase your risk of gum disease.

In many cases, early gum disease can be controlled and reversed. But once you have this periodontal disease, you are at a higher risk of developing it again. Continue to practice good oral hygiene habits and visit our office regularly for checkups and cleanings.

Contact Miller's Family Dentistry for Gum Disease Therapy in Tracy, CA

Miller’s Family Dentistry offers treatment for gum disease, including periodontal surgery. Your periodontal health is important to us, and we’re committed to ensuring you have healthy teeth and gums. If you are experiencing any symptoms of gum disease, call our office today for treatment!