Your gums are a vital component of your mouth, so it’s important for you to make sure they stay healthy. If you’re suffering from gum disease, Christina Tourtlotte, DDS, and the team of dental specialists at River Oak Dental Spa in Oakdale, California, can help. They offer state-of-the-art periodontal treatments to keep their patients’ mouths healthy and beautiful. Schedule your periodontal treatment today by calling the office or making an appointment online.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a condition wherein the bacteria found in plaque and tartar attack your gum tissue.
Plaque is a substance that naturally forms on the surface of your teeth and contains bacteria. You can easily get rid of plaque with regular brushing and flossing, but if you let it sit on the surface of your teeth for too long, it hardens and turns to tartar or calculus, which requires professional cleaning to remove.
If left to sit on the surface of your teeth for too long, the bacteria in plaque and tartar begin to infect your gum tissue. In the earlier stages of gum disease (gingivitis), your gums respond by becoming tender and inflamed. The symptoms of early-stage gum disease can be hard to notice, though, which leaves many people unaware that they’re suffering from it.
If you don’t treat gingivitis, it can develop into periodontitis, which is characterized by recessed gums and the formation of pockets between your teeth and gums. These pockets fill up with more bacteria, debris, and pus, leading to more infection. Eventually, the disease eats away at the structures keeping your teeth in place.
If your gum disease is still in the gingivitis stage, Dr. Tourtlotte and the team at River Oak Dental Spa can treat it with more frequent professional cleanings. They’ll also work with you to make sure that you practice better at-home care to prevent the condition from recurring.
If your gum disease progresses to the periodontitis stage, Dr. Tourtlotte and the team might recommend a procedure called scaling and root planing. Scaling is a deep cleaning that removes the plaque and tartar from both above and below your gumline, while root planing is the sanding down of rough spots on your tooth surface.
Scaling and root planing, along with medications, special mouth rinses, and better at-home care, should make your pockets shrink and reverse the damage caused by your periodontitis. If it doesn’t, Dr. Tourtlotte and the team might recommend periodontal surgery to reduce your pocket depth.
After you’ve had periodontal treatment, Dr. Tourtlotte and the team at River Oak Dental Spa recommend increasing the frequency of your dental cleanings to four times per year. This enables your dentist to monitor your pocket depth, remove any plaque and tartar buildup, and ensure that your mouth stays healthy.
Schedule your periodontal treatment today by calling the River Oak Dental Spa office or booking a visit online.