Periodontal Therapy in Sunnyvale
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Gum disease is one of the most common oral health issues in America, and it’s estimated that more than half of all American adults suffer from some form of this disease. If you believe that you may have gum disease in Sunnyvale, it’s important to get periodontal therapy from Silicon Valley Dental Associates as soon as you can.
Without proper treatment, your condition will worsen and your gums and teeth could be irreversibly damaged by gum disease. Contact us today for a consultation.
What Is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
Periodontal disease refers to an infection of your gums by oral bacteria which is caused by improper oral hygiene. If you do not brush and floss regularly and have your teeth professionally cleaned, bacteria and plaque will begin to build up between your teeth and your gum line. Eventually, this plaque will harden into tartar, which is even more difficult to remove.
The bacteria in plaque and tartar will attack your gums, and cause them to become infected and inflamed. In minor cases of gum disease, this may cause issues like bleeding when brushing, gum tenderness, and gum swelling and inflammation. But if the disease progresses without treatment, it will continue to attack your gums as well as your teeth and jaw bone, resulting in irreversible damage.
How Do I Know If I Have Periodontal Disease?
The symptoms of periodontal disease may vary somewhat depending on the patient, their oral health, and the progression of the disease. The first stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis. This is the most common form of the disease and causes no permanent damage to the teeth or gums. With proper care, it can be reversed completely. Symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Inflammation and tenderness of the gums
- Red or darkened gums
- Visible tartar buildup between the teeth and gums
- Bad breath (halitosis)
If you do not get treatment for gingivitis and your condition gets worse, it will progress into periodontitis. This condition causes permanent damage to your teeth and gums, and its symptoms include:
- Teeth that appear longer due to gum recession
- Sensitivity to the pressure of chewing, as well as heat/cold
- A foul taste in your mouth
- A change in how your teeth fit together
The most advanced form of periodontal disease is called advanced periodontitis. Its signs and symptoms include pockets of pus forming between your teeth and the loosening or total loss of your teeth due to extensive damage to the gums and roots of your teeth.
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Periodontal Therapy for Gum Disease
To prevent permanent damage to your mouth, it’s important to get periodontal therapy for gum disease as soon as possible. The most common treatment for gum disease is scaling and root planing, which is also known as a deep cleaning.
In this procedure, a hygienist will use special tools to clean between your gums and teeth and remove plaque and tartar. At Silicon Valley Dental Associates, we offer LANAP gum disease therapy, which is minimally-invasive and delivers powerful results.
Antibiotic treatments are also often used alongside deep cleanings to help eliminate the source of the infection. In more advanced cases of gum disease, surgical treatments like pocket reduction surgery may be required to clean the roots of the teeth and prevent the disease from progressing further.
Don’t Wait – Get Help for Periodontal Disease Now!
The sooner you get help for gum disease, the better your outcome will be. If you’re in Sunnyvale and suspect that you may have periodontal disease, contact Silicon Valley Dental Associates now for an appointment with Dr. Au. Give us a call at (408) 245-5812 to get started, or feel free to stop by our office at 1565 Hollenbeck Avenue, Suite 120, Sunnyvale, CA 94087.