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Gum Disease Oxnard CA

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States and is associated with a wide range of other oral health and systemic health concerns. Gum disease is a progressive disease that affects millions of patients and too often goes undiagnosed due to a lack of preventative dental health care.

Dr. Gerogia Haddad and our dental care team provide thorough gum disease screenings at every dental check-up. Catching gum disease early is the best for effective treatment and to avoid the development of associated dental health risks.

The health of your gums is essential for a stable bite and beautiful smile. Gums support the teeth’ root structure and help keep your teeth in alignment. When gum disease spreads, the health and stability of the gums become compromised.

Gums may get swollen, bleed, and begin to recede, reducing the gums’ ability to hold teeth in place. As gum disease progresses, teeth may become loose and often fall out.

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Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease 

Knowing the signs and symptoms of gums disease can help allow for early intervention. If you visit Dr. Haddad regularly,  you will be screened for signs of gum disease and can be treated immediately to reduce the risk of further damage to the gums and teeth. If you notice any of the following changes in your oral health, contact our Oxnard dentist office as soon as possible.

  • Bleeding gums
  • Shifting teeth
  • Feeling that teeth are loose
  • Change in the fit of oral appliance
  • Tender or swollen gums
  • Red gums
  • Recession of gum line
  • Chronic halitosis

Periodontal Therapy: What to Expect

Treatment for periodontal disease will depend on the progression of the disease. Dr. Haddad will conduct a thorough oral health exam to determine your personal oral health needs. Our dental care team provides comprehensive treatment plans to help control the spread of gum disease and address any additional oral health concerns.

Periodontal Therapy Treatment Options 

  • Scaling & Root Planing: Scaling and root planing is an intensive tooth and gum cleaning that removes the plaque and tartar buildup that causes gum disease. The procedure can reach into the deep pockets where bacteria breeds.
  • Laser Dentistry: Laser Dentistry is a state-of-the-art dental technique that can remove diseased tissue while stimulating new tissue growth. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that offers patients fewer downtimes and bleeding and swelling than traditional gum surgery. Laser dentistry may also be able to restore the gum line to proper balance if the gums have receded due to gum disease.

Periodontal Therapy FAQs

How long after periodontal therapy can I eat?

Wait at least 30 minutes to eat or drink anything after your periodontal therapy appointment. Give your mouth time to rest and ensure that the treatment provides the most benefits possible.

How long does it take for the gums to reattach after deep cleaning?

Within a week or so, the gum tissue starts to reattach, and the discomfort should be gone. It takes six to eight weeks to reattach and heal fully.

How do you brush your teeth after periodontal therapy?

Use a brush with very soft bristles and use gentle, delicate movements to brush your teeth, especially for the first week. Rinsing your mouth out with warm salt water 2-3 times daily also helps to calm the inflammation and assist in healing.

Do I need sedation for periodontal therapy?

With laser dentistry, you likely won’t even need a local anesthetic. We use a local anesthetic for traditional periodontal therapy to numb the area we’re working on. We also offer sedation options to keep you calm and comfortable throughout the procedure.

What should I do before periodontal therapy?

Make sure to brush and floss before your visit, especially if you just ate. Food particles can cause you discomfort during treatment. Avoid teeth whitening treatments too close to this, as that can cause extreme sensitivity.

Can I use mouthwash after a deep cleaning?

Depending on the circumstances, we may prescribe you an antimicrobial mouthwash. It helps to assist in healing and keep bacteria away from the areas that were just cleaned. Ask your dentist about using other types of mouthwash.