Gum disease treatment in Sunnyvale, CA dental practice
When patients think of dental problems, they first think of cavities. Cavities, or tooth decay, are completely avoidable with proper oral health and wellness. However, there is another condition that can impact the smile dramatically and is a serious concern: gum disease. This infection, also referred to as periodontal disease, is a condition that is also avoidable, and can cause a host of problems if not diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Without treatment, patients in the Sunnyvale, CA area may experience the loss of gum tissue, jawbone, and even natural adult teeth. This makes it a serious issue that needs to be monitored if it begins to develop, and with early and effective treatment, many patients can get their smiles back to health with the help of our team of professionals at the practice of Dr. Todd S. Adams.
Understanding gum disease
Gum disease is an infection caused by bacteria in the mouth that can grow and flourish. It starts to cause the gums to become red and inflamed, with bleeding and bad breath as the most common complaints from patients. Without treatment, it can progress into the later stages of periodontitis, which can result in the loss of hard and soft tissues with time.
What treatment options are available?
- Deep cleaning – patients with the earliest stage of periodontal disease called gingivitis can treat this condition as soon as it develops to avoid the progression of gum disease. A deep cleaning is done in the dental office, and patients may need to return every few months to repeat until the condition has been controlled.
- Scaling and root planing – later stages require the dental hygienist to get deep into the smile to clean the roots of the teeth. This is a more aggressive cleaning that needs to be done to reverse periodontal disease.
- Antibiotics – the doctor may also prescribe antibiotics for the patient to also control the infection from the inside out!
Call Dr. Todd S. Adams today!
Sunnyvale, CA area patients interested in effective treatment of gum disease, cavities, and other concerns are welcome to book a consultation visit with Dr. Todd S. Adams and his team. Call (408) 355-9292 to schedule an appointment with our friendly front office team. We are dedicated to assisting new and existing patients and families in our practice, located at 1555 Sunnyvale Saratoga Road, and are excited to meet you!