Although gum disease is a condition affecting 64.7 million Americans, it is preventable. If you have gum disease and ignore it, this infection of your gum tissue can result in tooth loss while increasing your risk for diabetes and heart disease.
Treating periodontal disease is fairly simple in the early stages and is often reversible. In this stage, periodontal treatment usually includes stepping up your daily brushing and flossing routine followed by a professional dental cleaning. If you have advanced gum disease, treatment may include extra dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery.
At our practice in Chino Hills, California, Dr. Alexander Santos we offer scaling and root planing for our patients with advanced gum disease. In scaling, we remove plaque and tartar (dental calculus) from the tooth surface. and with root planing we clean the roots of the teeth, smoothing the root to remove bacterial toxins. The scaling and root planing treatment may be split up into several appointments, in which we treat one section of the mouth at each appointment.
Treating gum disease one of our specialties at our dental practice. If you are struggling with the effects of gum disease on your smile, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alexander Santos. Please call 909-342-7945 today, and let us help you maintain your healthy, confident smile!