Project Description

Gum Disease Treatment

NEXT Dentistry
Dr. Delwin Hemingway

Any time you come in for a routine checkup and cleaning, or if you’re a new patient, we will do a periodontal (gum) exam. During this exam, we’ll be checking for the general health of your gums, whether there is any gum recession, inflammation or infection, and we’ll check the health of the underlying bone to ensure that you are healthy. If any signs of gum disease are present, we will let you know. Periodontal disease can be completely painless, so it’s important to have a dental professional check to ensure that you’re healthy.

If it’s not treated early enough, periodontal disease can permanently damage your bone and cause you to lose teeth. However, if we catch it early and you are committed to treating it well at home, we can usually limit periodontal disease, especially gingivitis, very effectively.

Periodontal disease has many stages, including:

  • Gingivitis
  • Gingivitis is a very early, reversible stage of gum disease. It is characterized by red gums that bleed easily. Bacteria under your gums can produce a chronic, low-grade infection from gingivitis. If gingivitis is not addressed early, it can progress quickly to the next stage of gum disease, periodontitis.
  • Periodontitis
  • Despite your best efforts at home with a toothbrush and floss, there’s only so much bacteria that can be removed from under your gums. As bacteria continue to build up under your gums, they can colonize and form soft plaques or hard calculus (formerly called tartar) under your gums. This infection causes bone loss and recent studies have shown that periodontal disease is a contributing factor in adult-onset diabetes, preterm delivery of babies and severe heart conditions. It is that serious, not just for your oral health but your overall body health, too. Periodontal disease can be treated and we can stabilize it. However, once bone starts to break down, it usually cannot be regrown.
  • Advanced periodontitis
  • If dental bacteria are still not resolved, they can cause a severe infection called advanced periodontitis. Teeth with advanced periodontitis are usually loose, can have pus around them, are extremely inflamed and can have a very poor long-term prognosis. Sometimes, advanced periodontal disease can’t be treated and the teeth simply must be extracted. In other cases, we can sometimes save your teeth using a combination of surgery and medications.

Many people don’t know how important it is to keep their gums healthy. There are direct relationships between the health of your gums and the health of other parts of your body. Our dentists encourage regular cleanings at our Salinas dental office to keep your teeth and gums in tiptop condition and help preserve your overall health. However, if you find you need more comprehensive gum care, we offer periodontal therapy and laser therapy to destroy active bacteria and re-grow healthy bone to keep your teeth secure. Preserving your teeth in as natural a state as possible is our primary goal.

Treating the soft areas in your mouth is a lot more comfortable thanks to lasers. A laser uses energized light to precisely remove soft tissue.  The light beam simultaneously sculpts and cauterizes the area.  That means there is lettle to no bleeding, making your healing time faster.  The laser beam sterilizes the tissue, reducing the chance of infection.  The laser targets just the area to be treated, leaving surrounding areas untouched.  Because lasers work on a cellular level, the procedure is usually painless.  Lasers are quiet, only making a low hum and occasional beep.  The FDA has approved soft tissue lasers for use on everyone.

Our office recommends using OraCare. OraCare uses a two bottle system. Patients can use this product long term from beginning to end.  OraCare should be used at least twice daily or as directed by us.

(831) 540-2195
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