Dental exams and checkups can reveal problems with the teeth, gums, neck, and jaw. The dentist will not only check for signs of tooth decay, cavities, and misalignment but also check for symptoms of periodontal disease.
If our dental team notices any signs of gum disease, they may assign a stage or level to the periodontal disease, depending on the severity or complexity of treatment. Watsonville Family Dental advises all patients to get their teeth and gums examined regularly to avoid complications later on.
Gum disease may be treated in several ways. Although there are different types of treatment, the ultimate goal is to clean the gum pockets and prevent risks to the surrounding bone.
Patients can increase chances of recovery by following regular oral hygiene practices and managing health conditions that lead to gum disease.
If the gum disease is still in the initial stages, it can be treated with non-surgical treatments, which are explained below:
Scaling: The hygienist or dentist may scale your gums and clean the tartar using ultrasound or laser tools. Scaling helps clear bacteria and tartar from tooth surfaces and below the gum line.
Root Planing: Root planing is a dental technique that we use to remove the byproducts of bacteria that increase the risks of decay and inflammation. Root planing also helps smooth out tooth-root surfaces and helps gum tissue get reattached to the tooth.
Bacterial byproducts can cause soft gum tissue to peel away from the tooth and expose the roots.
Our dentist near you may prescribe oral or topical antibiotics to treat the bacterial infection. We may also insert antibiotic gel in the space between the teeth and gums to clean out bacteria-filled gum pockets.
If periodontitis is advanced, then our dentist at Watsonville Family Dental may recommend surgical periodontal treatment. Our trained dental team is committed to the health and wellbeing of all our patients in Watsonville, CA.