Periodontal disease treatment in California

If you look closely at your mouth. you may see food particles on your teeth or notice sores or irritated areas of the mouth. What you won't be able to identify, but are also an important part of your mouth, is bacteria. When food particles are not completely removed from the teeth, they combine with the moisture and bacteria and lead to plaque. Plaque that is not removed from the teeth by brushing and flossing becomes tartar, which cannot be removed at home; it requires a professional cleaning by a dental hygienist.

Most patients believe that brushing and flossing are important as a tool to prevent cavities. While tooth decay is a concern for patients and their dentists, plaque and tartar can also cause trouble for the gums. When the tartar is not removed, it begins to spread below the gum line where it leads to pockets between the tooth and the gum. Over time, these pockets can become infected, causing the gums to become red, inflamed, or sore. Gum inflammation is known as gingivitis, which is an early stage of periodontal disease. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to a more serious form of gum disease, called periodontitis.

In addition to more severe symptoms and pain, periodontitis can continue the progression of the infection and lead to damage of the gums, the supporting jawbone, and the oral tissue. Left untreated, periodontitis can cause the teeth to become loose or need to be extracted.

The good news is that gum disease is one of the easiest oral health problems to prevent. Proper brushing and flossing, and regular dental visits are usually all it takes to remove plaque and bacteria on the teeth and prevent gum disease from occurring. However, if you do have symptoms of gingivitis or periodontitis, it's important to see a trusted dentist promptly.

Dr. Nikunj Raiyani of the Hanford Family Dental Center has been helping patients in Hanford, California and the surrounding area keep their teeth and gums healthy for many years. If a patient does have gum disease, Dr. Raiyani and his team have several treatments used to control or reverse the problem. For example:
  • Deep Cleaning - Using special instruments, Dr. Raiyani can remove the infection from below the gum line and stop the progression of gum disease.
  • Medications - Prescription antibiotics or mouth rinses are sometime used to help control the level of bacteria in the mouth. It can also be used to treat an advanced case of gum disease.
  • Surgery - If gum disease is very advanced, surgery might be the only option to remove the infection. During this procedure, the gums are lifted away from the teeth and the plaque and bacteria are removed. Then the gums are tightly sutured to ensure that the pockets are eliminated.
If you're concerned about gum disease, call the Hanford Family Dental Center office today to make an appointment. Every case is unique and after a careful evaluation, our team will be able to recommend the best course of action for you.

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