Is It Gingivitis Or Periodontal Disease?

You may have a tendency to use the terms “gingivitis” and “gum disease” interchangeably, and assume there is no difference to worry over. What you should know is that while gingivitis is an early stage of an infection that is still reversible, gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, can refer to a more severe infection that is more difficult to manage. At our Encinitas/San Diego, CA periodontal practice, we can provide evaluations to help patients understand what they are dealing with, which can then help us determine how to best help them. If preventive care is no longer an effective means of restoring your gum health, we can review more involved procedures that can help you.

Gum Disease Worsens Over Time Without The Right Treatment

Our gum tissues become infected when oral bacteria at the base of our teeth move under our gum line and begin to gather on our roots. When this happens, you can first experience issues because of gingivitis, the first stage of an infection. The right oral hygiene efforts, as well as preventive periodontal care, can stop the problem from worsening and return your periodontal tissues to a healthy state. However, if you experience problems with a more severe infection, it can become more difficult to manage the matter and preserve your well-being. This is a serious concern, as periodontal disease can cause tooth loss and make your overall health more difficult to manage.

Using Diagnostic Tools To Evaluate Your Periodontal Health

With our diagnostic imaging technology, we can perform reviews that let patients know what kind of health issues they need managed. Based on your results, we can determine if you can benefit from preventive services, or see if you need to undergo something more involved. The services available to you include holistic treatment options like ozone therapy and PRP therapy, as well as services with laser tools that carefully remove infected tissues.

Discussing Treatment Options That Can Help You

Your treatment options include services that respond to the problems caused by advanced gum disease. Laser periodontal treatment removes bacteria and infected tissues in order to encourage the growth of healthy gums and ligaments. To fight bacteria that are harmful without disrupting your mouth’s healthy ecosystem, we can recommend that you undergo ozone therapy. PRP therapy relies on platelet-rich plasma to encourage your natural growth processes to help you recover from tissue damage.

Talk To Your Encinitas/San Diego, CA Periodontal Practice About Your Gum Health

Our Encinitas/San Diego, CA periodontal office is ready to help you avoid complications from periodontal disease, or – if necessary – provide treatments to protect you from its effects. Take action if you think something may be wrong, as early intervention can lower your risk for more advanced issues with your infection. To find out more, please call Dr. Kania’s office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.