Periodontitis is a disease of the gums and surrounding tooth structures. Many patients don’t realize they have it until the infection is severe. But left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss.
Gum disease is caused by bacteria in the mouth. This bacteria creates plaque, which eventually develops into tartar. Tartar forms around and beneath the gum line, causing inflammation that creates periodontal pockets, which collect even more bacteria. Besides tooth loss, this condition can also lead to deterioration of the jawbone. But gum disease doesn’t just affect your mouth. The bacteria can also lead to other health complications, such as heart disease and strokes.
Our team offers periodontal care. With regular cleanings, we can catch gum disease at its earliest stages, offering treatment that keeps bacteria at bay. Scaling and root planing is a procedure that involves cleaning deep beneath the gum line to remove bacteria and smoothing out the tooth roots so the gums can adhere securely and block out further infection. You may also require antibiotics. More severe cases may require surgery to restore oral health. Dr. Tran will work with you to help you preserve your gums and your smile.