Periodontal Disease Treatment for Healthy, Confident Gums

Gum disease is a serious oral condition that affects patients of all ages. Without treatment, gum disease can cause tooth loss and other health complications. Orcutt Family Dentistry takes periodontal care seriously, so we examine your gums every time you come for a dental exam. Dr. Brian Orcutt recommends getting a dental check-up twice yearly to prevent gum disease from affecting your smile.

How gum disease develops

The primary cause of gum disease is dental plaque, which builds up when you fail to brush and floss your teeth properly. Dental plaque contains harmful bacteria that inflame your gums, causing symptoms like gum redness, swelling, and bleeding.

If plaque is allowed to accumulate, it hardens into tartar, a substance that can only be removed by a dentist. Tartar provides an optimal environment for bacteria to flourish, which attack the gingival ligaments and underlying bone. Advanced gum disease can cause gum recession, chronic bad breath, and loose teeth that may eventually fall out. Worse yet, uncontrolled oral infection can seep into the bloodstream, damaging major body organs including increasing your risk for heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s, and other inflammatory diseases.

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Gum disease treatment for optimal oral health

Prevention is the most cost-effective way of addressing gum disease. However, when preventive care fails, Dr. Orcutt offers effective treatments for gum infection. Mild gum disease (gingivitis) is the only reversible stage of gum disease. Dr. Orcutt treats gingivitis with standard cleanings and strict oral hygiene, such as brushing, flossing, and using oral rinses.

Deep teeth cleaning is usually the standard treatment if you have more than mild gum infection. This treatment involves two procedures—scaling and root planing (SRP). Scaling removes tartar and harmful bacteria from deep pockets between the teeth and gums. Root planing polishes your tooth roots to promote healing and prevent future bacterial invasions.
Laser gum therapy offers an alternative to traditional deep teeth cleaning. Instead of using manual tools to remove plaque and tartar, laser gum therapy uses a specialized, high-focused light to target and remove diseased gum tissue and bacteria.

Advanced gum disease may require bone and soft tissue grafting to replenish lost tissue. Our experienced periodontal team will support you throughout the entire process, ensuring you attain optimal gum health.

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Suspect gum disease in Fair Oaks, California? Call (916) 963-9986 to schedule an appointment with Orcutt Family Dentistry for periodontal maintenance. Let’s help you own your smile.