Periodontal Therapy in Thousand Oaks, CA
The Importance of Healthy Gums
Your smile is the first feature a person notices about you, and everyone should feel confident to share it with the people around you. However, taking proper care of your teeth and gums, as well as regularly visiting a dentist, can oftentimes be easy to neglect.
One of the most common diseases that affects millions of Americans today is gum disease. This infection forms when food and bacteria turn into a sticky film called plaque, which further hardens on your teeth and below your gumline.
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease can easily be treated by Dr. Siddappa and our team here at Prism Dental Group. See how we can help boost your self-esteem and health with periodontal therapy.
Potential Risk Factors of Gum Disease
There are many different factors that can increase your risk of periodontal disease including:
- Medications that reduce saliva production
- Health conditions like AIDS and cancer
- Recreational drug use
- Inadequate nutrition
Periodontal Therapy with Dr. Siddappa
Gum disease has two different stages known as gingivitis and periodontitis. The mild form, gingivitis causes inflammation and irritation along the gums and teeth. Periodontitis is the more serious stage of periodontal disease and can lead to deep pockets between your gum and teeth, bleeding, tooth loss, and more.
By finding treatment early on with Dr. Siddappa, we can reverse the effects of gingivitis and ensure your teeth and gums maintain good health for years to come. However, if the disease has progressed to periodontitis, you may be at a higher risk for tissue or bone loss and chronic inflammation.
Scaling and Root Planing
A simple, quick treatment we offer to our patients who suffer from gingivitis is scaling and root planing. This is typically performed during your biannual checkups and teeth cleanings.
Using special dental tools, we will remove any tartar and bacteria from your teeth and below your gumline. Our team will then smooth out your tooth’s surface to help reduce the risk of bacteria from building up again.
Additionally, for more advanced cases of gum disease, Dr. Siddappa will use gum grafts to remove the infection and restore the tissue. This treatment will also help with the gum recession that’s resulted from the disease.
Gum grafting is a fast and easy surgery in which Dr. Siddappa will remove healthy gum tissue from the roof of your mouth and use it to rebuild and strengthen the gum back where it had receded.
Save Your Smile with Dr. Siddappa
Don’t let gum disease affect the health and beauty of your smile. Receiving treatment for periodontal disease will restore your teeth and gums and allow you to live your life without hesitation. Give our Thousand Oaks office a call if you’re ready for periodontal therapy that’s best for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by a lack of oral care and visits to the dentist. Typically, if you don’t brush
your teeth and floss regularly, food and other debris will settle onto your teeth and below your gums.
This will lead to the formation of plaque which is a sticky bacteria that hardens on your teeth.
To reduce the risk of getting periodontal disease, be sure to follow a proper oral hygiene routine, and visit our Thousand Oaks office at least twice a year.
What’s the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and can be easily treated with scaling and root planing.
Symptoms of gingivitis include inflammation, red gums, bleeding when brushing or flossing, and bad
Periodontitis is the more severe form of gum disease and may be a bit more difficult treating, depending on how critical it is. Common signs of periodontitis are similar to gingivitis, plus receding gums, pus between teeth and gums, very tender gums, and loose teeth.
What if I leave my gum disease untreated?
If you leave gum disease untreated, it can eventually lead to tooth loss and other health complications.
Periodontitis has also been known to lead to respiratory disease, arthritis, coronary artery disease,
and problems controlling blood sugar in diabetes.
It’s important to receive treatment for gum disease as soon as you know that this infection is affecting your smile and health. Call Dr. Siddappa today to get started - (805) 241-5353.