To identify and treat gum disease in its early stages, Dr. Wang recommends regular dental checkups at least twice a year. If you are already suffering from gum disease, Dr. Wang can offer you personalized treatments that can slow its progression and negative effects. Increased dental cleanings are necessary for patients experiencing gum disease.
What Leads to Gum Disease?
Many factors can lead to gum disease. Hormonal changes occurring during menopause, pregnancy, or puberty may make you more prone to gingivitis. Several illnesses affecting your immune system can also impact the health of your gums and put you at a higher risk of developing gum disease. Some medications also lead to gum disease.
Apart from this, lifestyle habits like smoking and overlooking oral hygiene may contribute to the development of gum disease.
Does Gum Disease Have Symptoms?
Gum disease may progress without any pain or obvious signs. The symptoms may be subtle, and you may not feel anything until the condition worsens.
Gum bleeding during and after brushing your teeth is a common symptom of gum disease. Red and swollen gums may also be signs of gum issues.
As gum disease progresses, deep pockets will form along or below your gum line.
Other signs and symptoms of gum disease include receding gums, mobile teeth, teeth shifting, or changes in bite.
If you have any of the symptoms above, schedule a consultation with Dr. Wang as soon as possible.
How Is Gum Disease Treated?
At Jonathan C. Wang DDS Inc. in Pleasanton, California, we offer various treatments for gum disease, including:
Professional Dental Cleaning
Plaque and tartar lead to cavities and gum disease and must be removed as early as possible. Regular teeth cleanings help you keep gum disease at bay by removing these accumulations before they cause damage.
During your professional cleaning at our office in Pleasanton, California, Dr. Wang will remove plaque and tartar accumulations and also examine the condition of your teeth and gums. Dr. Wang will also clean the areas above and along your gum line to ensure that no deposits remain.
Scaling and Root Planing
This procedure is performed if gum disease has progressed to a more advanced stage. This is required when the gum tissue attachment to the root is broken down due to the bacterial infection from the plaque and tartar build up. This is commonly referred to as a deep cleaning and is a non-surgical procedure performed under local anesthesia.
Hardened plaque or calculus above and below the gum line is removed with hand-held and electronic instruments. Each tooth is thoroughly cleaned and checked to be smooth and clear of any residual calculus or rough spots. This procedure helps remove accumulations and provides a clean surface for your gums to reattach to your teeth.
Customized Treatment Plans
Dr. Wang may also design a customized treatment plan involving any of the above-listed procedures and prescribe antibiotics to treat your gum condition.