Diagnosis and Treatment at Our Trusted Dentist in Castro Valley
With years of experience and a dedication to preventative care, our dentist in Castro Valley is an expert in treating a variety of dental health issues including, gum disease or periodontal disease. To ensure that each of our patients can enjoy the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible, we are proud to be the leader in advanced gum disease treatment in Castro Valley.
Ask Your Castro Valley Dentist: What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection of the gums and the soft tissues supporting your teeth. Most often caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar, gum disease occurs when the teeth and gums are not routinely flossed and brushed. Gum disease has 2 major stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis is a form of gum disease that only affects the gums and if properly treated, can easily be reversed. If left untreated, gingivitis can advance into the more severe, periodontitis.
This is the more destructive stage of gum disease where bacteria are able to penetrate deeper into the tissue surrounding the teeth, targeting the membrane and bones that support them. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and other serious health conditions.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Gum Disease?
There are many different factors that can contribute to gum disease including:
- Tobacco and Alcohol Use
- Certain Steroids or Prescription Medications
- Oral Contraceptives
- and More
Do I Have Gum Disease?
If you believe you may be suffering from gum disease, there are a few warning signs that you should be aware of. If you notice any of the following symptoms, be sure to schedule an appointment with our Castor Valley dentist:
- Recurring redness, tenderness, or swelling or the gums
- Bleeding gums after flossing, brushing or eating hard foods
- Gums that pull away from your teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose or separating teeth
- Sores or irritation in the mouth that does not improve after 2 weeks
What Are My Treatment Options?
After a comprehensive dental examination and X-rays, we will recommend one of several different treatment options.
With a simple under-the-gum procedure referred to as scaling and root planing, we can carefully remove plaque and tartar from the root of your teeth. This procedure removes any current bacteria and helps to prevent plaque from accumulating in the future.
In some cases, periodontal surgery is required to eliminate bone infections and regenerate lost bone. Depending on the advancement of the disease, we may recommend a pocket reduction or bone regeneration surgery.