Gum Disease Treatment
Gum Disease Treatment in Sacramento
Periodontal, or gum disease as it’s more commonly called, develops when bacteria below the gumline compromises the attachment between the gum & your tooth.
According to the AGD, gum disease affects an estimated 80% of American adults.
Gum disease is a silent, chronic, and painless bacterial infection that often goes undetected of you don’t visit the dentist every six months or as recommended.
Did you know gum disease is also contagious?
If gum disease symptoms are ignored, severe gum and bone deterioration could result. If left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss requiring increased treatment costs.
What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
Gum disease is a chronic bacterial infection, spreading from the gum line around the teeth to the deeper supporting structures that anchor your teeth in your mouth.
Like high blood pressure, you may not realize you have it until you are measured for it.
In the advanced stages, gum disease can lead to the loss of your teeth. Gum disease provides an open portal for bacteria to enter your body. It is transmissible from person to person via saliva.
There is no cure for gum disease, and no ability to reverse the bone damage caused by gum disease once it is well established.
However, if identified early enough, advancement of the disease may be arrested.
We have put together a state of the art system for gum and periodontal care specifically designed to identify the disease as early as possible and to provide appropriate treatment for each stage of involvement.
Dr. Celaj offers some gum disease tips.
Signs Of Healthy Gums:
- Pink, firm, attached gums, no pain, no bleeding
- Probing depths less than or equal to 3mm
- No odor on the floss after it has been passed through the teeth
Signs Of Gum Disease:
- Bad breath
- Loose and shifting teeth
- Red, swollen and/or bleeding gums
- Itching or soreness of gums
- Bleeding on probing, and depth pocket readings greater than 3mm
Risk Factors For Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease):
- Poor Oral Hygiene – Plaque remaining on the teeth can lead to gum infections and a door way through which bacteria can enter your blood stream and infect other parts of your body.
- Smoking And Use Of Tobacco – Masks the signs of the disease thereby increasing your chance of developing advanced disease without knowing it . It also limits treatment success.
- Pregnancy – Hormonal changes make your gums more sensitive to bacteria.
- Medications – Some drugs, such as birth control pills, antidepressants, heart, seizure, and cancer medications, may make your gums more sensitive to bacteria.
- Clenching And Or Grinding Your Teeth – Puts extra force on the supporting tissues and may speed up the advancement of the disease.
- Faulty, Aging Dental Work – Will increase nooks and crannies for bacteria to hang out and do damage.
- Illness, Stress And Poor Diet – Make it harder for your body to fight infection.
- Laser Gum therapy – Gum disease is likely the most common chronic infection in our body. Incorporating Laser Gum therapy into our therapy can reduce the need for costly and uncomfortable gum surgery.
Don’t Ignore Gum Disease
Call our Sacramento dental office today at (916) 488-1933, we happily offer 30% discount off our normal fees to patients that do not have dental insurance.