Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapies for Gum Disease
Gum disease (periodontitis) is the single most common cause of tooth loss in adults in the US. Unfortunately, many people never realize that there’s a problem until the condition is fairly advanced.
Symptoms of gum disease include:
- Sensitive, swollen gums
- Gums that bleed when you floss or brush
- Bad breath
- Receding gumlines (“long teeth”)
- Tooth mobility
- Problems with food packing under your gums after meals
During your checkups, Dr. Therese Murphy carefully screens for signs of periodontal disease. When we catch them early, they are easier to manage. One of the ways we do this is by measuring the levels of attachment between your gums and teeth. X-rays also prove useful in assessing the bone height throughout your mouth.
If active disease is present, Dr. Murphy will recommend a deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) to remove bacterial deposits and create an environment that facilitates healing. The deep cleanings are usually completed in one or two appointments, using local anesthesia.
The Impact of Gum Disease on Your Health
Untreated gum disease is directly associated with health problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, premature labor, and even stroke. The infection can inhibit your immune system and make it more difficult to manage inflammation or infections related to other medical conditions.
Treating your gum disease can boost your health and help keep your teeth for life. If you’re experiencing symptoms of gingivitis or periodontal disease, call Temecula Ridge Dentistry right away to schedule a consultation with Dr. Murphy.
If you’re looking for a pediatric dentist in Temecula, you may want to consider a more convenient alternative. Our family practice offers comprehensive care for individuals of every age.