What is periodontal disease treatment?
Dr. Rabee McDonald & Dr. Christo Mallakis, our compassionate dentists, care about treating your entire smile. This includes the soft tissues and gums that support your teeth. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a dental condition that can affect these sensitive areas. Gum disease, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss, bone loss, and receding gums. It is caused by bacteria and built-up plaque and tartar, resulting in infection and inflammation of the gums. Periodontal disease treatment is needed when:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen, tender, or inflamed gums
- Loose teeth
- Receding gumline, causing teeth to look abnormally long
- Lasting bad breath
- Abscesses or cysts on the gums
How is gum disease treated?
At Lifetime Smiles, our entire dental team is dedicated to helping you prevent and treat gum disease. Call us at 760-747-1811 today to schedule an appointment!
Your periodontal treatment may include:
- Good oral hygiene instructions about healthy eating habits and proper brushing and flossing
- Scaling and root planing, both deep cleaning methods, to remove infected tissue and encourage the growth of healthy gums
- Surgery, for more serious cases
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We are also proud to offer advanced soft tissue laser therapy to minimize discomfort and possible bleeding. By using a soft tissue laser, we are able to painlessly vaporize all diseased tissue with focused incisions and minimal risk of side effects. It also aids in the healing of your gum pockets. If your gums are swollen, tender, red, or bleed easily, you may have gum disease.
For more information on periodontal treatment in Escondido, California and how to prevent gum disease, please call Lifetime Smiles today. We also invite you to read more information on Dr. McDonald’s blog post about gum disease. We are committed to helping your smile stay in the best of health.
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