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Gum Disease Treatment - Aliso Viejo, CA

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Gum disease treatment options for a healthy smile in Aliso Viejo, CA

Gum disease is a serious issue—not just for your oral health, but also your overall health and well-being. In fact, gum disease has been linked to a variety of deadly conditions, including heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and certain types of cancers, not to mention the devastation that it can cause for your smile. Dr. Claire Cho offers patients several gum disease treatment options to help reduce the inflammation, disease, and other issues associated with periodontitis.

What is gum disease and why treat it?

Gum disease is essentially an infection in the gums. If oral hygiene is insufficient to remove the plaque and tartar that build up on your teeth, then bacteria begin to multiply. As they infiltrate the area beneath the gum line, they excrete toxic byproducts that eat away at your healthy tissues, including the gums, teeth, and bone. Signs of gum disease include:

  • Red or inflamed gums
  • Swelling in your gums
  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding when you brush or floss
  • Buildup of pus around the teeth

In addition to these uncomfortable symptoms, untreated gum disease can result in gum recession, loose teeth, and even tooth loss.

Warning Signs of Periodontal Diseas

  • Pus buildup around the teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Inflamed gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Gum recession
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath (halitosis)

Periodontal therapy

The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. This is the easiest stage to treat, while the disease is still reversible. The best gingivitis cure for most patients is typically increased oral hygiene – both at home and at the dental office – along with any other treatments that Dr. Cho recommends for your unique situation, such as antibacterial mouth rinses or topical antibiotics.

As gum disease progresses into periodontitis, deeper cleanings are generally necessary. This is because the bacteria have begun to eat away at the gums, fibers, and supporting bone, which leaves “pockets” for even more bacteria and plaque to accumulate. We typically recommend scaling and root planing as a first line of treatment for periodontitis, which cleans and sterilizes the pockets that have formed and helps promote healthy reattachment of the gums to the teeth. Other treatments that Dr. Cho may recommend, depending on the stage of periodontitis, include:

  • LANAP® treatment – in this minimally invasive treatment, dental lasers are used to remove the plaque, tartar, and bacteria along with the disease gum tissue, and new tissue growth is stimulated
  • Osseous surgery – the diseased gum tissues are surgically removed both above and below the gum line to help restore health to your mouth
  • Periodontal maintenance cleanings – periodic deep cleanings every three to four months are generally recommended after your initial therapy is complete, helping to keep further buildup and disease at bay

If you have noticed “pink in the sink” or other symptoms of gum disease, seeing your dentist in a timely fashion can save your oral health—as well as time in the dental chair and systemic complications from the inflammation that gum disease causes. Call the team at Claire Cho DDS at (949) 541-2529 to learn about your gum disease treatment options today!

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