Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a severe form of gum disease that can lead to the loss of bone and teeth in your mouth. While you may have never heard of the term, periodontal disease is a widespread problem that affects as many as half of the population. In fact, millions of patients suffer from gum disease and do not even know it. No matter how well you take care of your teeth, periodontal disease can still form and become a silent problem that wreaks havoc on your teeth, tissues, and overall health.

At Fairview Dental, we are committed to providing you with the services and treatments you need to keep your mouth free from gum disease whether gingivitis or periodontitis. No matter the state of your condition, Dr. Luu has the experience, skills, and equipment to help you heal quickly. If periodontitis does become a problem, you may need to undergo a procedure known as root scaling and planing.

What Is Root Scaling and Planing?

Root scaling and planing is a procedure better known as a deep cleaning and is required when you have periodontal disease. You may be told that you need to have this procedure performed. A deep clean can be performed as a precaution or to start the healing process from the disease. Dr. Luu is prepared to talk to you about the procedure and inform you whether or not you need to have it done. Patients who do have gum disease will often be told they need this treatment because it helps prevent the spread of the disease to other teeth and areas of the body.

Gum disease does not simply start in the serious stage and it can take a while for it to progress to this point, but that does not mean that you necessarily did anything wrong. While poor oral hygiene can cause gum disease, there are many other reasons why you may have it.

The first form of gum disease is gingivitis and this is the mildest form possible. It occurs when there has been a large buildup of tartar or hardened plaque on your teeth. If the tartar is not removed from your teeth, the gingivitis will progress to periodontitis which is the second stage in gum disease. Periodontal disease is often marked by the pulling away of your gums. Eventually, your gums will detach themselves from your teeth. The deeper the pocket between the gum and tooth, the more progressed the disease is. Once the pockets are deep, the disease will begin to eat away at your jaw bone.

Fairview Dental is prepared to work with you to help you overcome any periodontitis that you may have. Our Brentwood office is equipped with the proper tools and treatment plans to get you back on the good oral health train.

What to Expect at Your Periodontal Exam in Brentwood

When you visit our Brentwood dental office, you will undergo a complete evaluation and exam for gum disease. We will look at each one of your teeth and measure the pockets around the teeth to determine if there are any areas of concern. X-rays will also be taken to identify any underlying problems that may not be visible to the naked eye.

The process of measuring your pockets is not going to be comfortable, but it does not hurt either. A special tool is placed into the pocket to gain an accurate measurement. The deeper the pocket, the more advanced your gum disease is. An ideal pocket depth would be less than four millimeters.

If your pockets are four millimeters or more, you will be recommended to have a deep cleaning performed. This cleaning is performed right here in our Brentwood office, for your convenience.

If Dr. Luu does not believe that the deep cleaning will benefit you, you may need to undergo a round of antibiotics to get rid of the infection before the cleaning can be performed.

When the procedure starts, you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area and prevent any discomfort. We do our best to ensure you are always comfortable and never in a position where you feel vulnerable.

Dr. Luu’s Recommended Gum Disease Treatments

Dr. Luu may require you to have additional gum disease treatments, especially if a deep cleaning was not enough or cannot be performed right away. Some of his recommended treatments include:

/ Peridex

Peridex is a mouthwash that is prescribed to patients who need to kill bacteria in the mouth and keep their mouth clean. This mouthwash is used for up to 10 days once the cleaning has been completed.

/ Arestin

Arestin is a prescription medication that is prescribed to patients who have pocket depths of six millimeters or more. This medication works hard to kill any bacteria that is present and stop the gum disease in its tracks.

If you do need to have any additional prescriptions, Dr. Luu will let you know beforehand and explain how to use the medication properly. While a deep cleaning is designed to remove the buildup of plaque and tartar, severe cases may require a more in-depth approach to curing the infection and eradicating it completely.

Often times, Dr. Luu will recommend that you come into Fairview Dental more often than every six months for a checkup. Gum disease can occur again even after it has been healed, so it is vital to monitor your overall oral health.

/ Schedule an Appointment in Our Brentwood, CA Office Today

If you think that you may be showing early signs of gum disease, now is the time to have an oral checkup in our Brentwood office. You do not want to let the gum disease spiral out of control. The earlier that it is handled, the better your chances of eliminating it.

If you have any questions about periodontal disease or you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Luu, contact Fairview Dental today. We want to see you smile a beautiful white smile.