Your swollen or bleeding gums could be warning signs that you’re developing gum disease. With his extensive training in periodontics, Filippo Cangini, DDS offers advanced treatments for minor to complex cases of gum disease. Before your condition worsens and you start having loose teeth, schedule an oral exam at Gregory Ln. Family & Implant Dental Practice in Pleasant Hill, California. You can either book your appointment online or call the office to schedule.
Periodontics Q & A
What is periodontics?
Periodontics involves anything related to preventing, diagnosing, and treating gum disease. These specialists can also install dental implants. During an appointment, your dentist not only evaluates your teeth and gums but goes over your full medical history as well
This communication is essential since gum disease is linked to serious chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. If you have signs of gingivitis or periodontitis — both forms of gum disease — your dentist could prescribe medications to help you recover from the infection. But because the inflammation might be a warning sign that something is awry in your body, it’s equally as important to follow up with your primary care doctor.
How do I know if I have gum disease?
Gum disease, known as periodontal disease, doesn’t always cause pain and discomfort, although it certainly can during advanced stages.
In the beginning, you might notice some bleeding in your gums, possibly while brushing or flossing. As the infection and inflammation progress, you might also experience:
- Swollen, red, or tender gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Unpleasant mouth taste
- Visible pus surrounding teeth
- Receding gums
In advanced stages, gum disease leaves you with loose teeth as bone and gum tissue that support your teeth start to break down. It’s critical to get treatment before those loose teeth fall out.
What is the treatment for periodontal disease?
How Dr. Cangini treats periodontal disease depends on the severity of your condition. In early stages, a thorough professional cleaning may benefit you. Dr. Cangini could also suggest scaling and root planing to eliminate tartar and plaque accumulation just below the gumline.
In advanced stages, you could need gum flap surgery, which involves lifting up your gums and removing the infection from your tooth’s root or grafting to remove and replace severely damaged gum tissue. It’s common to need oral antibiotics when you have a gum infection, too.
Once you and Dr. Cangini get on top of the infection, he teaches you how to care for your teeth and gums at home properly. Even if you follow the picture-perfect at-home oral hygiene regimen, it’s essential to schedule professional cleanings twice a year to decrease your chances of having gum disease come back.
If you have signs of gum disease, schedule an evaluation at Gregory Ln. Family & Implant Dental Practice by calling the office, or by booking an appointment online.