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!