Gum Disease Treatment
Gum Disease Treatment in Monterey for Swollen or Bleeding Gums
The health of your gums is just as important as the health of your teeth. At the dental practice of Lois Lagier, DDS
, we provide gum disease treatment in Monterey to ensure patients have healthy gums. Not caring for your gums can lead to the development of significant dental concerns. Call our practice today to schedule an examination to stay abreast of any signs of gum disease.
How Do I Know if I Have Gum Disease
There are three types of gum disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Regular visits with Dr. Lagier can help catch the initial signs and provide ample time for preventive measures against further development of the disease. However, if you haven’t had a professional cleaning done in some time, here are some symptoms to take note of:
• Consistent bad breath
• Swollen and red gums
• Bleeding while brushing and flossing
• Exposed tooth roots
Advanced periodontitis is characterized by loosened teeth, receding gum lines, and weakening of jaw bone. The bacteria that causes this disease, which can enter the bloodstream, has connections to overall health concerns such as diabetes and heart disease. With advanced periodontitis, the loss of teeth impact not only the aesthetics of your smile, but also bite function, alignment, and loss of bone in the jaw. As these initial warning signs of gum disease can be difficult to track, Dr. Lagier and our skilled hygienists can ensure the health of your smile and next steps to maintain health.
Gum Disease Treatment in Monterey
A diligent at-home oral care routine can care for and prevent minor signs and symptoms of gum disease. However, if not done diligently, leftover debris and plaque can feed gum disease-causing bacteria. For moderate issues, we provide root scaling and planing as well as gum disease maintenance. Our Monterey dentist works with specialists in the field for serious cases of periodontal disease, ensuring each patient receives the best care possible.
Root scaling and planning, also known as deep cleaning, removes built-up plaque and tartar from underneath the gums. This debris is what causes irritation and inflammation of the soft tissue, allowing the development of gum disease bacteria to persist. Dr. Lagier provides comfortable deep cleaning treatment in Monterey, to restore patients’ gum health.
To ensure the reduction of gum disease in the smile, as well as maintain healthy gums, we place patients on maintenance plans. Ranging from three to six months, periodontal disease maintenance therapy will help treat and may cure the infection. We will monitor the health status of your teeth, gums, and bone to ensure the soft tissues have healed and that you are free of infection.
Schedule a Visit Today
Dr. Lois Lagier and her experienced staff want to help restore and sustain the health of your smile. For more information about our gum disease treatment, contact our Monterey dental practice today to schedule a consultation.