Do your gums seem a bit redder and angry-looking than they should? Have you noticed small amounts of blood mixed in with your toothpaste when you brush your teeth? Gingivitis, the precursor to gum disease, isn’t always obvious when it first develops. In fact, you might not even realize there’s a problem until it reaches the later stages, and symptoms become obvious. During your routine exams and cleanings, we check for signs of gingivitis that you might not otherwise notice. Through personalized periodontal treatment, we may be able to prevent gingivitis from becoming full-fledged gum disease.
HOW DOES GUM DISEASE DEVELOP?
Gingivitis is an infection in your gum tissues caused by certain types of oral bacteria. When enough bacteria accumulate along your gums, the toxins they produce cause your gums to recede from the roots of your teeth. The pockets that result allow more bacteria to gather underneath your gums, and as the infection spreads, it can cause your gums to swell and bleed. The symptoms will grow worse as gingivitis progresses until the tissues become severely damaged, and gum disease develops.
WHAT IS SCALING AND ROOT PLANING?
Scaling and root planing, also known as a periodontal cleaning, or a deep cleaning, is similar to a regular dental cleaning that clears away bacteria-rich plaque and tartar. Scaling and root planing, however, focuses on the roots, rather than the crowns of your teeth. Scaling describes carefully removing the films of bacteria from your roots, and root planing is the polishing process that smoothens the roots to inhibit future bacteria buildup. At Gorman Dental Care, we utilize ultrasonic technology that non-invasively breaks up bacteria deposits for a safer, more comfortable scaling and root planing procedure.
WILL I NEED TO VISIT A PERIODONTAL SPECIALIST?
If your gum disease has progressed enough to cause damage to your periodontal tissues by the time you seek treatment, then you may need to visit a periodontal specialist.
We have our own Board Certified Periodontist on our staff. So if needed, you wont need to be sent out to another office. We want to take care of all your needs right here in this office.
We can often use high-tech lasers for gum treatments. That means “No cutting, and No Stitches” which mean a much better and quicker healing process.
HOW ARE GUM DISEASE AND TOOTH LOSS RELATED?
If left untreated, gum disease can destroy the periodontal tissues and ligaments that support your teeth. In severe cases, it can also erode the jawbone that holds your roots. Unfortunately, many patients lose one or more teeth by the time they seek treatment.
IF I LOSE TEETH TO GUM DISEASE, WILL I STILL QUALIFY FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are typically the preferred method of replacing lost teeth, but they require a healthy foundation of gum and jawbone structure. If gum disease is the reason why you’ve lost teeth, then your dentist will first ensure that the disease is under control, and your gums are still healthy enough to support the implant(s).
Contact Our Santa Clarita/Valencia, CA Office Today!
At Gorman Dental Care in Santa Clarita/Valencia, CA, Dr. Gorman and his talented, dedicated staff are proud to provide a full range of family and cosmetic dental services, as well as advanced dental implant placement and restorations. Whatever your dental needs, we have the experience and technology to help you enjoy a bright, beautiful, healthy smile once again! To schedule a consultation with Dr. Gorman, or for answers to questions about our practice, please call our dental office in Santa Clarita, CA today at (661) 232-9692.