Say goodbye to bleeding and receding gums. Combat gum disease with your trusted La Mesa dentist.
Most people do not care much for their gums. In fact, periodontal disease is relatively unknown to most patients as they think that they are only supposed to care for their teeth. Unfortunately, the health of you periodontium is very important for the preservation of teeth. The periodontium refers to the structures in the mouth that function to support the teeth and these are the gums, the periodontal ligaments, the cementum and the alveolar bone. These structures have to remain healthy because together they provide stability for the teeth within the jaw bone. A few symptoms of a possible periodontal problem are bleeding and receding gums.
Plaque is the main culprit for gum disease. Plaque builds on the surface of the teeth on a daily basis. Your oral hygiene practices are supposed to clean the teeth of the plaque build-up but if your effort fails, plaque accumulates and it calcifies. Hardened plaque is referred to as calcular deposits and when they build-up in the sulcus between the teeth and gums, and disrupts the connection between these structures. When this condition is allowed to progress, a bigger problem arises. Calculus or tartar will suffocate the tissues and you begin to observe the following symptoms: swelling, pain, purulent, reddish and bleeding gums. This condition is reversible and it is called, Gingivitis. If the bacteria is allowed to spread deeper into the tissues, soft tissue attachment is lost and bone support is compromised. At this point, there will be an issue about receding gums as significant bone has already been lost. This most severe condition is referred to as Periodontitis; and it is an irreversible condition
Many of those who are suffering from gum disease do not even know what they are dealing with. It is encouraged, therefore, that patients make it a habit to visit their dentist at Napperville so that disease signs can be detected earlier on. Deep cleaning and scaling, as well as extensive root planning procedure often resolve least severe periodontal issues. In more severe cases, gum and bone grafting procedures may be necessary, but only if such procedures can guarantee success.