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Periodontal disease (gum disease) is the leading cause of tooth loss in Sonoma County. It’s also preventable. By recognizing the signs as early as possible, we can help you preserve your natural smile for years to come. Our Santa Rosa gum disease treatment will vary depending on the severity of your progression.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Do you have gum disease? Common warning signs include:
- Swollen, red gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Receding gumlines
- Loose teeth
- Tartar buildup
- Bad breath
- Food packing between teeth
- Visible gaps between teeth
Upon examination, gum disease also causes tissue detachment along the roots of teeth, leading to bone resorption (shrinkage.) Your routine X-rays will reflect current bone levels and special charting measures the point at where gums attach to the roots of each tooth. The earlier detachment and bone loss are intercepted, the easier it is to halt or reverse the disease process.
The Oral-Systemic Health Connection
Your smile isn’t the only thing that’s affected by gum disease. Active periodontitis can statistically raise the risk of medical complications associated with diabetes, heart disease, stroke, infertility, erectile dysfunction, pneumonia, and others.
Fortunately, the elimination of oral bacteria through gum disease therapy can help to improve overall health by lowering inflammation within the body. Scientific studies have shown time and again that periodontal therapy positively impacts a person’s health by boosting immunity and making it easier for their bodies to target other underlying medical conditions.
What’s Involved in Periodontal Disease Treatment?
Depending on the severity of your gum disease, a series of deep cleanings is usually recommended. We usually suggest numbing one side of your mouth at a time (sedation is also available) to thoroughly clean those teeth, then have you return a week or so later to complete the other side. Based on your response to treatment, Dr. Sutton will place you on a 3-4-month periodontal maintenance routine or slowly move you back to a typical six-month preventative care schedule.
Laser Gum Disease Therapy in Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa Dentistry and Implant Center features cutting-edge technology for gentler, more effective treatments. One investment we’ve made for our patients is soft tissue laser therapy. This non-invasive laser treatment eliminates disease-causing bacteria, aids in pocket decontamination, and expedites the tissue reattachment process. Laser patients typically see better, faster results than conventional periodontal therapy cases.
Early Intervention is Key
Once bone loss leads to tooth mobility, it’s extremely challenging to preserve those teeth. Early intervention is the best treatment for periodontal disease. If you’re someone with chronic gingivitis or bleeding gums, it’s crucial to have your teeth evaluated by our dentist in Santa Rosa. This small step could mean the difference in preserving your teeth for life or having to restore them all with implants and dentures.
Visit Our Sonoma County Dentist
For premier, relaxing dentistry with a world-renowned dental team, call Santa Rosa Dentistry and Implant Center today.
(All photos of actual patients)