Can gum disease be cured? Learn about treatment of periodontal disease with Hanford dentist

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Treatment for Periodontal Disease from Hanford California Hanford Family Dental Center
At Hanford Family Dental Center, patients in and around the community of Hanford are welcome to work with a quality dentist to discuss their oral health and wellness. When there are concerns about bacterial infections such as gum disease, patients will want to visit Dr. Raiyani for an evaluation, a diagnosis, and to discuss treatment options.

Gum disease explained

Gum disease is an infection that starts in the soft tissues of the mouth. It begins with the presence of bacteria. Bacteria that is not addressed early can become a serious issue. It causes inflammation that can make the gum tissues become red and swollen. If untreated, it progresses into periodontitis, the later stage of gum disease that can result in:
  • Shrinking gum tissue
  • Lost bone
  • Loose teeth
Once the condition has reached this point, it may require extensive treatment. Treatment options include scaling and root planing, during which all surfaces of the teeth, including below the gumline, are cleaned and treated with antibiotics. Restorative solutions such as gum grafting and tooth replacement are often discussed at this point. These procedures are costly and require extra time in the dental chair to complete. It is better for patients to take steps in preventing periodontal disease instead of allowing it to develop in the first place.

Preventive care

brushing the teet from Hanford California Hanford Family Dental CenterSolutions for maintaining the health of the smile include regularly visiting the dentist, brushing the teeth after every meal, and flossing at least once a day. By keeping the smile healthy, patients can avoid the development of periodontal disease and keep their smiles looking great! When patients visit the dentist, they undergo a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums. This ensures that plaque, tartar, and bacteria are removed as soon as possible. This contributes to the health of the smile.

How long does it take to treat gum disease?

Many patients ask Dr. Nikunj Raiyani, "Can gum disease be cured?" Unfortunately, once gum disease has developed, it can only be controlled, and the smile's health maintained. This requires consistent care at home and the help of a dentist. Patients who have been diagnosed with periodontal disease will want to see their dentist on a regular basis, typically every three months until the condition has been controlled.

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Maintain a healthy smile!

The best way to avoid the development of periodontal disease is to take diligent care of your oral health and wellness. Speak with a dental professional such as Dr. Nikunj Raiyani of Hanford Family Dental Center to learn about the steps you can take to ensure a beautiful, healthy smile for life. During an initial consultation appointment, patients can speak with their dentist to discuss the methods of achieving optimum dental health over the course of many years.

Is gum disease contagious?

It can be. Because bacteria cause the condition, it can be transferred to other people through sharing drinks or kissing. If the bacteria are not addressed with good oral hygiene, it can turn into gingivitis or periodontitis. Brushing and flossing the teeth helps reduce the chances of the bacteria developing into a more serious condition.

What other preventative treatments are available at Hanford Family Dental Center?

Examinations Teeth from Hanford California Hanford Family Dental CenterPreventative dental health solutions are at the core of treatments provided by Dr. Nikunj Raiyani. They include some of the following:
  • Cleanings
  • Examinations
  • Routine x-rays
  • Fillings
  • Patient education

What if I haven't been to the dentist in a long time?

If patients have not seen the dentist in a while, there is no need to feel shame. At Hanford Family Dental Center, we can assess new patients in our practice and provide them with the tools and services they need to achieve better oral health and wellness, and maintain it over time.

Take the time to speak to a Hanford, California dentist about gum disease

Call Dr. Nikunj Raiyani of Hanford Family Dental Center at (559) 530-8080 today to book an appointment at the practice, conveniently located at 425 West 7th Street, Suite 104. Our practice welcomes new patients for comprehensive, quality dental solutions! Whether you are looking for preventive, general, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry, we can help!

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