Periodontal Care in Irvine, CA
Periodontal disease is a serious chronic condition. Although it is sometimes referred to as “gum disease,” it affects more than just the soft tissue of the gums; it attacks and damages the bone beneath the gums as well.
While periodontal disease is the number-one cause of tooth loss in American adults, recent studies have shown the full-body impact of periodontal disease. It has been linked to serious systemic conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and strokes. Pregnant women with periodontal disease have been shown to give birth to babies with a lower birth weight. Scientists have even discovered a possible link to Alzheimer’s disease.
At Irvine Dental, we take your health seriously, and this is why we have such a strong focus on the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately half of all U.S. adults have periodontal disease. Many more are on the verge of developing the condition and may not even realize it.
Gum Disease Prophylaxis
At your routine examinations and cleanings, one of the things we look for is signs or symptoms of periodontal disease. If we determine that you are at risk for developing the disease, we may recommend that you see us more often as part of our periodontal disease prophylaxis program. Patients in our periodontal disease prophylaxis program can expect to see us about every three to four months so that we can monitor your progress and reduce your risk.
A good home care routine is absolutely necessary when it comes to preventing periodontal disease. We’ll discuss your home care routine with you, look for ways to improve it, and recommend products that can help keep your teeth and gums in great shape.
Treating Periodontal Disease
If you have periodontal disease, we will work hard to keep the condition from progressing. Dr. Robertson will discuss your condition with you and create a customized treatment plan that is right for you. This treatment plan may include antibiotics, a deep cleaning treatment called root planing and scaling, or surgery.
While you are undergoing treatment for periodontal disease, it is likely that you will be asked to return to our office every three to four months. These appointments help us to provide regular deep cleanings to keep your condition under control as well as monitor your disease.
Do You Have Periodontal Disease?
If it’s been a while since your last checkup, call our office right away. Without regular cleanings and examinations, it is possible that you could have developed periodontal disease without even realizing it. Don’t worry – we understand that many people forget to make dental appointments. Additionally, Dr. Robertson is highly skilled at treating patients who are apprehensive about dental visits and is also accomplished in the art of sedation dentistry. If you feel like this would help you at your appointment, don’t hesitate to let us know.
Although the symptoms of red, puffy gums and bleeding when brushing are typically associated with periodontal disease, many people have the disease and don’t experience any signs at all – even up to the late stages. Sometimes, the symptoms of periodontal disease are subtle and are easily missed or attributed to something else.
If you have any of these symptoms, give us a call since you may have periodontal disease:
- Persistent bad breath
- Receding gums, which can make your teeth appear longer
- Redness in the gums
- Bleeding when you brush or floss
- A “loose” or shifting feeling in your teeth
- A difference in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down