Periodontal Disease Signs and What Treatments to Consider

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Periodontal (gum) disease is an inflammatory disease that can worsen without treatment and even damage the gums to the extent it affects your entire mouth. It is known as the ” silent killer” since it is typically a painless infection that can cause heart attacks and strokes. When your oral health is under duress, this is the time to seek periodontal treatment from a specialist like Dr. Nicholas and her experienced team.

When left untreated, gum disease can progress and cause significant damage. Some signs of periodontal disease include the following:

-Bad breath
-Shifting teeth
-Red or tender gums
-Bleeding or swelling gums
-Longer-looking teeth (gums start to recede)
-Tooth loss

If left untreated, gum disease can destroy the underlining bone, and it can even be too late to preserve your teeth! If detected in the early stages (bacteria buildup, bleeding, inflamed gums), our team – who has over 20 years of training and expertise – can help you save your smile at minimal cost.

The American Academy of Periodontology recommends minimally invasive treatments when it comes to restoring periodontal health, so Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists here in Palm Desert, California, provide different alternatives to treat you and your smile. Some treatments to consider include the following:

– Laser Therapy: This high-tech treatment is very effective in treating gum disease, and it’s found to be more comfortable than other methods. Using lasers provides a smooth and quicker remedy as well as an easier recovery. It also reduces the risk of infection and provides longer-lasting results.

– Scaling and Root Planing: This deep cleaning treatment removes plaque and tartar around the gum line and smoothes out rough areas on the tooth. If left alone, bacteria can build up in the rough spots. If needed, root surface debridement will be done to remove damaged gum tissue.

– Gum Grafts: A small amount of gum tissue is taken from the mouth and placed on the affected area. This covers exposed tooth roots that may be vulnerable to damage, preventing bone damage, and further gum recession as well as tooth sensitivity. This is done in a healthy environment.

– Regenerative procedure to rebuild the lost bone.

If you see signs of periodontal disease, contact us right away to schedule a consultation. Signs include bleeding or swollen gums, persistent bad breath, teeth sensitivity or loose teeth. We will assess your oral health and provide the right course of treatment.

Our team at Palm Desert Center for Advanced Periodontics, Cosmetic, Sedation and Implant Dentistry wants you to look and feel your best, so we make sure to help you feel comfortable and informed about your treatment. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 760-851-0314, and we’ll be happy to help. We serve those living in the communities of Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs and the neighboring cities of the Coachella Valley. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!