At SmilePro Dental, we’ve seen it all. One of the most common oral health ailments our dentist in Stockton, CA treats is periodontitis. More commonly known as gum disease, periodontitis is an infection in the bone and soft tissue that helps support your teeth.
If gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to severe issues, including bone loss and an increase in stroke or heart attack. Thankfully our team at SmilePro Dental offers periodontal treatment.
Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
If you experience any or multiple of the following, please book a consultation with our dentist. A thorough examination will give the dentist a better idea of whether or not you’re in need of our periodontal treatment.
- Discolored gums (bright red, purple, or dark red)
- Bleeding and/or tender gums
- Bad breath
- Puffy or swollen gums
- A change in how your bite naturally sits
- Receding gums
- Pain when chewing
- Loose teeth
- Pain when brushing your teeth
- Spacing developing between your teeth
- Pus between your gums and teeth
Treatment For Periodontitis
As dental professionals, our goal with periodontitis treatment at SmilePro Dental is to thoroughly clean the pockets around your teeth. This helps prevent damage to the bone before it starts or gets worse.
While the best way to prevent periodontitis is to keep a good oral health care routine and avoid smoking, there are multiple treatment options available for those who qualify.
A non-surgical method we use to help your gums is called scaling. This treatment involves removing bacteria and tartar from the surface of your gums with a laser.
Another way we can get rid of tartar or bacteria is to smooth the surface of the root of your tooth. Planing can prevent inflammation and even help with healing and the gum reattaching to your tooth’s surface.
Surgical Treatments For Periodontitis
Our dentist in Stockton, CA may require a more in-depth treatment for patients with severe periodontitis. Please book an appointment with our team if you have any questions or concerns. Surgery treatment options include:
- Flap surgery
- Bone grafting
- Soft tissue grafts
- Tissue-stimulating proteins
- Guided tissue regeneration