Restore your Gums & Teeth
Periodontal Care in Elk Grove
If you have bleeding or receding gums in Elk Grove, you may have periodontal disease. Immediate care from an experienced dentist like Dr. Jeron Winslow is essential for preserving your oral health. Learn more below, or contact us now for a consultation.
Periodontal disease is also called “gum disease.” It’s an infection of the gums that is caused by poor oral care. If you do not brush and floss properly, bacteria-filled plaque and tartar will begin to build up in the spaces between your teeth and gums.
Over time, this bacteria will infect your gums and begin attacking them, leading to inflammation of the gums. Eventually, the infection can permanently damage your gums, as well as the support structures of your teeth.
of Periodontal Disease
There are three basic stages of periodontal disease. The first form is called “gingivitis.” Its symptoms are very mild. It causes no permanent damage to your teeth and it’s completely reversible with proper periodontal care, so it’s a good idea to see a dentist as soon as you believe you have gum disease.
The second stage is called “periodontitis.” In this stage of periodontal disease, your gums and teeth have been permanently damaged, and you will not be able to completely eliminate the infection. However, it can be controlled and its spread can be halted with proper gum care.
The most advanced stage is “advanced periodontitis.” In this stage, your gums and teeth have experienced significant damage. Surgery may be required to save your remaining teeth, or it may be recommended that you have your teeth extracted and replaced.
recognizing the signs
of periodontal disease
The signs of mild periodontal disease (gingivitis) typically include bleeding when brushing and flossing, bad breath (halitosis), gum inflammation and discoloration, and mild gum recession.
However, as your periodontal disease gets more severe, so will the signs and symptoms. You may begin to notice that your teeth look much longer due to gum recession. Your teeth and gums may feel very tender, or cause you pain when you chew or bite. Eventually, you may notice sores in your mouth, a foul taste in your mouth, or loosening teeth that change how your bite fits together. See a dentist right away if you notice any of these signs.
The treatment recommended for you will depend on the severity and extent of your periodontal disease. For mild to moderate cases, a “deep cleaning” (also known as “scaling & root planing) will be recommended. In this procedure, Dr. Winslow will use special dental tools to clean between your gums and teeth, and to smooth the roots of your teeth and eliminate “pockets” of bacteria. Along with antibiotics, this is often enough to halt the progression of periodontal disease, or even reverse it entirely.
More serious cases may require surgical intervention such as gum flap surgery. In this procedure, your gums will be folded back so the roots of your teeth can be cleaned, then your gums will be re-attached to heal. Or, you may require gum grafting to help rebuild your gums after gum recession. Dr. Winslow can discuss your options in further detail at your appointment at The Grove Family Dental.