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Oral health can affect your smile and wellness. Gum or periodontal disease can lead to bone and tooth loss that can change your smile and your facial appearance. Other health risks linked to periodontal disease include type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. For those that have periodontal disease, there is hope with our general dentistry treatments. River Ranch Dental offers effective periodontal therapy to protect your smile and your health.
Gum Infection Treatment
Periodontal disease is a type of infection that attacks your gums. When plaque and tartar accumulate, the bacteria in these substances inflame the gums and tissues surrounding your teeth. This can cause the gums to begin receding from the tooth roots, also causing breakdown of tissue and bone in the jaw. To restore gum health, you must stop the infection. Closing the gaps between the teeth and gums can reduce bacteria growth and help restore health to the gums. At River Ranch Dental, we can help fight gum infection through medications and deep cleanings that help remove the source of infection while allowing the gums to heal.
Scaling and Root Planing
One of the most effective periodontal therapies is deep cleaning in the form of scaling and root planing. This procedure removes tartar and plaque from the teeth and the roots below the gum line. Scaling away calculus buildup and then planing the roots of your teeth removes the source of infection. Once the roots are smooth, the gums can begin healing and closing the pockets between the gums and roots.
Periodontal disease does not need to lead to tooth loss or other health risks. To get started treating your gum disease, contact River Ranch Dental today to schedule a consultation. We can schedule a gum exam and get you started on therapy to restore your gum and oral health.