Periodontitis, also known as gum disease or periodontal disease, begins with bacterial growth in your mouth and can end in tooth loss.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Bleeding gums during and after brushing or flossing
Red, swollen gums
Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
Deep pockets between teeth and gums
Loose or shifting teeth
Changes in the way teeth fit together upon biting down, or in the fit of partial dentures
What is the Difference between Gingivitis and Periodontitis?
Gingivitis is gum inflammation that is mild in symptoms but easily reversible with the right treatment. Periodontitis is a more severe gum disease that can lead to tooth loss and bigger dental issues if left untreated. Therefore, it’s important to visit your SF dentist so that Dr. Barkhodari can review your gum health and treat your gum issues accordingly.
What Does Gum Disease Treatment Look Like?
The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anaesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction or you may be referred to a Periodontist (gum specialist) if needed. With the right treatment and care plan, including cleanings at least twice a year and brushing and flossing your teeth after meals, our team can help restore and repair a healthy smile for you.
Professional dental cleaning removes plaque build-up which your daily brushing can’t reach. If you leave the plaque on your teeth, the sticky film of bacteria releases acids that harm your tooth’s enamel and causes tooth decay. Once this hardens into tarter, it can form along the gumline, causing gum disease over time. Your gums are the foundations of your teeth, so it’s important to look after them and have regular check-ups at our Union Street dental office.