If you need gum therapy (also known as periodontal therapy) in Costa Mesa or Newport Beach, Dr. Girgis offers gentle, judgment-free care. Gum therapy is often required to treat cases of gingivitis, as well as more advanced forms of periodontal disease. At Brite Clean Smiles, we want our patients to know when to seek gum therapy, and how to notice signs of periodontal disease.
Gum therapy is designed to help resolve cases of gum disease. So, what is gum disease? Periodontal disease is a chronic infection of the gum tissue, which causes inflammation, decay, and deterioration of both the teeth and gums. In a healthy mouth, plaque and bacteria are removed regularly with proper brushing and flossing, and during oral hygiene checkups and cleanings.
If bacteria isn't removed, plaque will begin to build up on your gums and around your teeth, eventually hardening into tartar (calculus). The bacteria in tartar then begins to infect and attack your gum tissue. In minor cases of gum disease (also called gingivitis), symptoms usually include:
However, as gum disease advances into later stages, it becomes harder to treat and the symptoms become much more severe. These symptoms can include:
Gum therapy includes a number of different procedures. Here are some of the most common treatments for periodontal disease:
The longer you wait to get gum therapy, the more difficult your periodontal disease will be to treat. If you suspect you have even a minor case of gum disease, don't wait to seek treatment. Dr. Girgis and the team at Brite Clean Smiles in Orange County can help keep your teeth and gums healthy. Call us at (949) 777-1005, or come to our office at 488 East 17th Street, STE A-101, Costa Mesa, CA, 92627.