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Mira Mesa, San Diego, CA Periodontics

Welcome to Boston Dental Group in Mira Mesa, San Diego, CA, where we specialize in periodontics—a crucial dental specialty focusing on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease that affects the gums and jawbone.

Periodontal Disease Symptoms

  • Bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • New spacing between teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pus around the teeth and gums
  • Receding gums
  • Red and puffy gums
  • Tenderness or Discomfort

Treating Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva that can turn into calculus (tartar) if not removed. This leads to destruction of the gums and bone, characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.

It’s alarming that four out of five people have periodontal disease and may not even realize it, as the early stages are usually painless. However, the consequences can be severe, as it is the primary reason for tooth loss in adults. Moreover, researchers are investigating potential links between periodontal disease and conditions like stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased pregnancy risks.

Maintaining good oral hygiene, following a balanced diet, and scheduling regular dental cleanings can significantly reduce the risk of developing periodontal disease.

Reasons For Treating Gum Disease

Periodontal disease begins with gingivitis, mild gum inflammation, and can progress to more severe forms if left untreated. It is essential to address red, swollen, painful, or bleeding gums, even if there are no noticeable symptoms.

Different Forms of Periodontal Gum Disease

  • Moderate/advanced gum disease: Bleeding, swollen, or red gums around most teeth, with receding jawbone.
  • Localized gum recession: Infection starting in one area, possibly caused by improper brushing or misaligned teeth, requiring immediate treatment.
  • Before crown lengthening: Removal of surrounding soft tissue to expose more of the tooth’s crown.
  • Ridge augmentation: Correction of an uneven gum line after addressing infections and periodontitis.

Managing Periodontal Gum Disease

Periodontal disease originates from bacterial infection in plaque, leading to irritation and pain in the surrounding tissues. As the infection progresses, the jawbone recedes, and teeth may become loose.

Mild/moderate cases require a periodontist’s focus on curing the bacterial infection and offering home cleaning advice. Deep scaling might be necessary to remove bacterial plaque and calculus, while more advanced cases may require intensive cleaning or tooth removal.

Restoring Functionality with Dental Implants: Our periodontist is trained in dental implant procedures to restore oral functionality when teeth have been affected by periodontitis.

Preventive Measures: Since periodontal disease is progressive, removing bacteria and calculus buildup is crucial to halting infection spread. Our expert dentists are ready to guide you on effective cleaning methods and suitable treatment options.

Schedule a Periodontal Screening with Dr. Shin Ahn

Call us today, (858) 284-4805 and book an appointment at Boston Dental Group in Mira Mesa, San Diego, CA

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