Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the problems dentists most frequently treat.
Many people, especially if they haven’t been properly brushing and flossing, begin to have problems with their gums as they get older. The thing most commonly referred to as gum disease is a deepening of the sulcus – the v-shaped cavity between the gums and the teeth. This deepening or receding occurs when there is an infection or disease in the gums. Thoroughly brushing twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and properly flossing daily will help to prevent gum disease along with a professional cleaning every 3 – 6 months.
Once gum disease has set in, although, there are certain procedures a dentist can do to help heal a patient’s gums. The first step that is used in the San Francisco dentist office of Dr. Kenneth Karamyan and Dr. Emma Abramyan is a very thorough cleaning. This will clean deep into the gums near the root surface; removing the plaque and tartar, and then smoothing out the tooth surface to remove bacteria. This is often followed by a treatment to kill any bacteria that may still be left. This basic level of treatment is usually sufficient when followed by periodical touch-up treatment.
San Francisco dentist at Sunrise Dental SF are always trying to find out the root cause of the disease. In many cased, gum disease are just a symptom but the root cause can be something else. For example, if you have a traumatic bite or grinding your teeth, you will have a gum recession. Finding out the cause of the disease and understanding the principles of gum disease gives us an opportunity to treat not only the symptom but the disease itself.