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As an all-inclusive dental practice, Ponderosa Dental Group is proud to offer comprehensive periodontal care at our Rancho Cucamonga, CA office. Periodontics is the study of the supporting structures of the teeth and the disease that affect them. This typically relates to a deep understanding of your gum tissue and jaw bone as well as diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. Periodontal care is important because without taking care of these supporting structures in your mouth, patients are susceptible to disease and eventual tooth loss. In fact, nearly 75 percent of all Americans are affected by gum disease at some point in their life, making it one of the most common oral conditions that can compromise your smile. 

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a condition that affects the hard and soft tissues of the mouth. If left to progress without treatment, gum disease can eventually lead to tooth loss. The disease often causes the gum tissue to become infected and pull away from the teeth as well as damage the underlying jaw bone. However, timely diagnosis and treatment of gum disease can help prevent advanced stages of this disease from developing and help manage the condition. While everyone is susceptible to gum disease, by properly taking care of your teeth at home and with routine dental appointments and checkups, you can keep your mouth healthy enough to avoid gum disease in entirety. 

Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Puffy, swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold beverages
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Gum recession
  • Loose or shifting teeth

The Three Stages of Gum Disease

Treatment for Gum Disease

The treatment for gum disease varies depending on how severe your case is, but the overall goal is to cleanse your mouth and get your smile healthy again. During the first signs of gum disease, our team often performs scaling and root planing treatment, which helps remove bacteria and plaque from around the teeth and tooth roots. This creates a healthy environment for the gums again and allows them to reattach to the teeth. Often, we will support this treatment with an antibiotic rinse that helps destroy bacteria and keep fresh gums. In more advanced stages of gum disease, surgery is needed to remove infected gum tissue, repair the jaw bone and cleanse the teeth.

Don’t let gum disease compromise your smile! Seek professional care at our Rancho Cucamonga, CA office now by scheduling an appointment today!

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