If you have a serious problem with periodontal disease, it is important that you take action by discussing treatment options available to you. Without proper management, a serious infection can cause you to lose teeth, and it can disrupt your ability to manage other health conditions that affect you. Periodontal disease is an infection that develops over time. Responding to problems with gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal trouble, can prevent these more serious consequences from occurring. At our Encinitas/San Diego, CA periodontal practice, we can evaluate you to gauge the seriousness of your issues with gum disease. Based on this information, we can discuss treatment through preventive care, or we can recommend a more involved treatment to protect you against periodontal disease.
The Difference Between Gingivitis And Periodontal Disease
Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal trouble. There are signs of an infection at this stage, which you can look for to determine if you might need help managing a problem with your gums. Bleeding, discoloration, tissue swelling, and gum line recession can all affect someone with gingivitis. Eventually, bacteria will spread and move further below your gum line. Eventually, a person who has not addressed gingivitis properly can find that they need help managing periodontal disease. At this stage, an infection is more difficult to maintain, and it can create significant trouble for your general health and smile!
Preventing An Infection From Progressing Through Scaling And Root Planing
During an evaluation using our diagnostic tools, we can assess just how severe your problems with your gums are at the time of your appointment. If there is time to do so, we can perform scaling and root planing, a procedure that cleans out bacteria found below the gum line on the roots of teeth. Another option we can discuss is Supportive Periodontal Maintenance. This service, performed in the place of your typical teeth cleaning, can control an infection and stop complications from occurring if you have issues with periodontal disease.
Measures That Address More Severe Problems With Periodontal Disease
Unfortunately, individuals sometimes miss the severity of their periodontal problems until they are affected by a severe infection. To fight the effects of this issue, we can recommend different services. Your treatment options include care with laser tools to both remove diseased tissues and fight the bacteria that have gathered below the tissues.
Dr. Kania Can Meet With You To Discuss Preventing Periodontal Disease
When you pay attention to your periodontal health, you can recognize when something is amiss and schedule treatment before there are complications to address. We can help you determine what kind of issues are affecting your gums, and we can offer a range of services, including care to help when periodontal disease is putting you at risk for tooth loss and other complications. To find out more, please call Dr. Kania’s office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.