Symptoms of gum disease can include swollen, tender, or bleeding gums. You could also experience receding gums or persistent bad breath. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line. If it is let untreated it can affect the bone that supports your teeth. A screening at our Millbrae, CA dentist office will help determine if treatment is needed or just coaching on effective oral habits.
When your body senses threats like infections, lacerations, or foreign bacteria, it is designed to rush support to try to heal and protect the area of your body that is being threatened.
Unfortunately, when it comes to infections in your mouth, your body reacts differently and can harm your gum tissue. When your body detects plaque, tartar and bacteria in your mouth, Instead of actively attacking the bacteria, it starts to protect itself by pulling gum tissue away from your teeth.
If the early stages of gum disease are left untreated, your gums will continue to recede, which can trigger a variety of painful dental and oral health problems. Gum disease is correlated with serious health problems like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
However, Dr. Johns provides gum treatment options that can help heal your smile and give you back your quality of life. Don't let gum disease take away your chance for a beautiful, healthy smile!
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
If you visit Chris Johns, DDS every six months for your routine teeth cleaning, you know it involves scaling your teeth and gumline to remove plaque and tartar, and polishing to remove stains and smooth the tooth's surface. However, if you have developed the symptoms of gum disease, you might need a different type of cleaning called scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing is a deep dental cleaning procedure Dr. Johns performs to treat patients with current or developing gum disease. Not all patients need this level of cleaning, but it is key for patients who have the symptoms of gingivitis.
Root Surface Debridement
Root surface debridement (RSD) refers to a procedure used to clean the root surface of the tooth. Over time, calcified deposits in your gum pockets can make the surface of your tooth rough and difficult to keep clean. Dr. Johns uses root surface debridement to remove these deposits and help slow the progression of gum disease.
Non-Surgical Gingivitis Treatment
Gingivitis is often painless at first, making it difficult to diagnose without regular dental checkups. Inflammation of the gums can be a potentially serious condition, which is why it’s so important to get regular dental exams from Chris Johns, DDS.
If you have been diagnosed with or are concerned you might have gingivitis, Dr. Johns offers a range of treatments to reverse or stop gum disease’s progression. If you are in the early stages of gingivitis, most treatment options are non-surgical procedures.
At Chris Johns, DDS we offer laser treatment as an option for patients suffering from gum disease. During treatment, Dr. Johns will use a laser to excise damaged and diseased gum tissue. Laser gum disease treatment allows for a greater degree of precision, making general anesthesia unnecessary, and shorter recovery times.
Have Questions About Your Gum Disease Treatment Options?
The symptoms of gum disease are painful and need to be treated immediately to preserve the health of not only your mouth, but also your overall well-being.
Dr. Johns can help give you the beautiful smile you deserve with his experience in cosmetic dentistry procedures at his Millbrae, CA dental office.