Did you know that nearly half of American adults have gum disease? In recent years, researchers have learned the all-encompassing effects gum disease can have on the body. Untreated or uncontrolled gum disease can lead to life-threatening systemic issues like stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.
Gum disease is preventable and manageable, and the leading cause is a lack of proper oral hygiene and care. Regular professional dental cleanings combined with excellent brushing and flossing are ways you can protect your smile from gum disease.
We take your gum health seriously at South Chico Dental Care in Chico, CA! We are here to help you throughout your oral health journey, and if you have gum disease or are at risk, we'll speak with you about your treatment options.
Periodontal Treatment in Chico, CA
Our skilled dental hygienists are your smile's first line of defense against plaque, bacteria, and gum disease. The hygienist will gently and thoroughly remove plaque and tartar from between your teeth and the gumline during your routine appointments. Our team of professionals led by Dr. Surh is skilled in spotting signs of gum disease and caring for the condition, so you can rest assured you're in good hands.
Depending on your specific needs and the condition's progression, Dr. Surh will create a custom treatment plan for you and provide you with your options. We suggest the least invasive, most conservative option to give you optimal results.
Types of Treatments for Gum Disease
There are many different approaches to treating gum disease, depending on the person's unique smile, medical history and conditions, and severity.
Nonsurgical and surgical treatments are available, but we always offer nonsurgical solutions first, such as:
- Scaling and root planing – Scaling removes bacteria and tartar from beneath the gums and dental surfaces, and root planing smooths the tooth's root surfaces to prevent further buildup of bacteria and tartar. Your dentist may use specialized instruments or laser dentistry to complete this.
- Antibiotics – Your dentist may prescribe oral or topical antibiotics to control and eliminate infection and inflammation.
Patients with advanced gum disease may require surgical treatment, such as flap surgery, soft tissue grafts, or bone grafts.
Contact Your Chico Dentist for Healthier Gums
Do you have gum disease symptoms, such as bleeding or puffy gums? Have you noticed your teeth loosening or painful chewing? Please don't hesitate to contact our Chico, CA dental office today to learn how to improve your oral health and beat gum disease. You can reach us by calling (530) 636-4943 or scheduling your dental exam online.