Periodontal Care

Put Gum Disease in the past

Our talented dentists at Valley Grace Dental work hard to prevent you from suffering from periodontal (gum) disease, a degenerative condition that affects the gums and supporting structures in your mouth. In the event that you develop gum disease, we provide treatments to help restore your oral health.

If you notice redness, swelling, or easy bleeding in your gums, we recommend that you visit our dentists as soon as possible to receive treatment. For more information on treatment for gum disease in Bakersfield, California, and to schedule your appointment at our office, call 661-587-7002 today!

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a degenerative condition primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque. Over time, the small traces of food particles stuck in your teeth and gums eventually lead to the formation of a sticky white film over your teeth. This sticky film, known as plaque, leads to excess bacterial accumulation. Soon, the plaque hardens into a yellowish substance called tartar, impossible to remove with basic oral hygiene. Plaque and tartar lead to extreme bacterial accumulation and the bacteria release toxins that eventually inflame and infect the gum tissues. When left untreated, bacterial infection can eventually cause the gums to pull away from the teeth. Untreated periodontal disease can result in bone loss, tooth loss, and gum tissue recession.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

If your gums are swollen, red, or tender, or if your gums bleed easily, you may have periodontal disease. Other common symptoms of gum disease include loose teeth, painful chewing, persistent bad breath, and receding gums that make your teeth appear longer than normal. Following an exam at our office, our dentist and team will be able to determine whether you suffer from periodontal disease.

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Periodontal Treatments

The treatment for gum disease is based upon your specific dental needs. Depending on the severity of the condition, our dentist may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery.

Dental Cleaning
During the professional teeth cleaning session, our dentist or dental hygienist will remove the accumulated plaque and tartar from your teeth and gum line using a specialized scraping tool called a scalar.

Deep Cleaning
Deep cleaning is a non-surgical treatment for early gum disease. The dentist uses the scaling device to remove all the plaque and tartar from around the teeth and gums (scaling) and then smoothens the rough root surfaces (root planing). Removing bacteria from the gum line facilitates gum healing and tightening.

Gum Surgery
If left untreated, gum disease may eventually reach an advanced stage necessitating surgical intervention. The specific surgical procedure will depend on the level of damage caused and how much of the gum and bone tissues are affected. Common surgical treatments include flap surgery, soft tissue grafting, bone grafting, guided tissue regeneration, etc.

Periodontal Care at Valley Grace Dental

At Valley Grace Dental, we strive to help you restore your oral health and halt the progress of the disease. For more information on periodontal treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our office soon. We look forward to caring for your smile!