How Does Gum Disease Form?

san diego gum disease factsPeriodontal disease impacts half of adults 30 and older, according to studies from the Centers for Disease Control. In the late stages, the disease can cause adult tooth loss. But how does this disease form, and what can be done to avoid it? In today’s blog, your Encinitas/San Diego, CA, periodontist talks about how gum disease forms.

Common Causes and Risk Factors

The problems start when the gum tissues become inflamed, causing gingivitis. The infection occurs due to exposure to harmful bacteria, which can happen when serious plaque and tartar buildup accumulates and isn’t removed. As inflammation grows more severe, pockets form as the tissues pull away from the teeth. Once bacteria like Porphyromonas gingivalis enter these pockets, then the issue begins. Periodontal disease cannot be cured, but treatment can be used to effectively manage it to protect you from uncomfortable symptoms and the risk of major complications like tooth loss. Warning signs could include soreness in your gingival tissues, as well as redness and bleeding. If you notice the tissue receding, then you’re likely entering a more advanced stage and care is crucial.

The Dangers of Untreated Periodontal Concerns

Without treatment, the disease will grow in severity and eventually reach the advanced stage known as periodontitis. During this stage, the tissue connecting the gums and teeth can be severed, leading to loose and lost teeth. In fact, this stage is the number one cause of adult tooth loss. Not to mention, the receding gums increase the risk of tooth decay and infection, and create negative impacts on your smile’s overall appearance. However, with the right treatments, we can manage your oral health concerns to ensure a more attractive smile, and one that is healthy and whole.

Treatment with Laser Dentistry

Our team can bring severe cases into management with laser dentistry, which allows us to remove diseased tissues with precision, and even correct receding gums with the Pinhole Surgical Technique. Our team can then manage the issue with routine cleaning, antibiotic treatments, Ozone Therapy, and more. Whether you have a minor or severe case, we can offer treatment to keep your smile whole, healthy, and comfortable.

If you have any questions about how our team can treat and manage your periodontal concerns, then contact our team today. We want to help you protect your smile, and keep it shining and full as well.

Your Encinitas/San Diego, CA Periodontist Treats Periodontal Issues

Our team wants to help you avoid major oral health complications like bleeding, receding gums and tooth loss. If you would like to find out more about keeping your smile healthy and strong with periodontal treatment options, then please call Dr. Kania’s laser periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.