Gum Disease Treatment in Alhambra, CA
Gum disease, periodontal disease, and periodontitis are all phrases used to describe an infection in the gums and bone surrounding your teeth. Healthy bone and gum structures help keep a tooth’s root intact. When food and plaque get trapped between the gums and teeth, it can lead to infection, resulting in gum disease.
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums and one of the earliest stages of gum disease. Common symptoms of gingivitis include minor redness, swelling, or slight bleeding of the gums. If left untreated, gingivitis turns into a more serious infection known as periodontal disease, which can lead to permanent structural damage.
Many dental professionals refer to root scaling and planing as a treatment for mild to moderate stages of gum disease. Dental scaling is a non surgical way to treat gum disease. Plaque gets trapped in pockets caused by your gums pulling away from your teeth and forming spaces where bacteria can grow, causing gum disease. If left untreated gum disease could lead to bone or tooth loss. Our team at Lu Dental Care will use specialized instruments, similar to ones we use for regular cleanings, to deep clean both around the tooth, and into the small pockets around the tooth to get buildup that’s found deep underneath the gum line. Doing this kind of cleaning removes plaque and tartar from your teeth and helps gums become healthy again. Root Planing involves smoothing of the tooth roots to allow the gums to reattach to the teeth; as well as smooth rough surfaces on the teeth that can eventually allow bacteria to get trapped.