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Periodontal Health

What Is Gum Disease?

Studies have shown that there is a link between a buildup of the bacteria that is always present in your mouth and plaque and major health issues in your body. Brushing, flossing, and your regular six month professional cleanings remove this harmful bacteria from progressing into gingivitis.When bacteria gets in below the gum line, it causes inflammation, triggering an immune response from the body.

Gingivitis is the first, mild stage of gum disease. This is where the swollen, bleeding gums come in. But without your dentist getting involved to remove this plaque, it will progress into periodontitis. This is where things get serious: receding gums, loose teeth, heart disease, arthritis, respiratory disease…your entire system is compromised.

What To Expect During Periodontal Treatment

A scaling and root planing procedure is the typical process used by dentists to remove damage and decay caused by advanced gum disease. Bacterial plaque and tartar are removed above and below the gum line. This is followed by a smoothing out of any rough spots on the tooth root. This procedure is performed while you are under local anesthetic. If necessary, your teeth with be evaluated using x-rays to look at the bone that is supporting the teeth, and an evaluation will be done concerning any treatments in the future.

We will also review how you are controlling plaque with your dental maintenance at home and help you make needed adjustments. Dr. Libby will discuss the frequency of periodontal treatments based on your individual oral health, along with the type of periodontal disease you have, and how well you respond to treatment.

At Libby Dental, we are dedicated in helping you maintain the best periodontal health possible. It is important to maintain healthy gums and teeth with good oral hygiene at home, along with regular dental visits for professional teeth cleanings and periodontal treatments. Our team looks forward to giving you the healthy smile you deserve.

You can call our San Diego dental office at 619- 276-6884 to schedule an appointment today!

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Treating Periodontal Disease at Libby Dental

Periodontal treatment is designed to help prevent gum disease from spreading to your jawbone. The team at Libby Dental is pleased to offer periodontal treatments to their patients that will remove the tartar and plaque that form below and above the gumline. Tartar is formed when the sticky bacteria called plaque, that is continually attacking your teeth and gums, is not removed. Even with the best attention at home, and regular brushing and flossing, plaque will form without regular dental treatment.

The Libby Dental periodontal treatment is used on patients who are at a higher risk for tooth loss due to periodontal disease or who have an incurable or chronic bacterial infection. At each appointment, we assess your periodontal health using depth measurements of the pockets that are around the teeth.

Get Started With Us Today!

If you are looking for a dental experience that brings you peace of mind, come to Libby Dental. Our goal is to provide relief, make you feel comfortable, build trust, and form a true connection that lasts. Whether it’s restorative or cosmetic dentistry that you need, we will have you walking out of our office grinning from ear to ear.

“If you can feel trust before you walk in the door, that’s the key to success.”

-Dr. Landon Libby, DDS

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