Elevate Dental is committed to providing superior dental care to patients in and around the Temecula area, including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and emergency care. In order to provide the best possible care to each and every patient, we’re pleased to offer specialized services like periodontal disease treatment.
Many patients diagnosed with gum disease are unaware that they even have a problem. While they might experience symptoms like swelling, redness, itching, and bleeding of the gums, it’s surprising how many patients think this sort of thing is normal. In truth, CDC reporting shows that 47.2% of Americans over the age of 30 have some form of periodontal disease (ranging from mild to severe). In other words, 1 of every 2 adults falls into this category.
Discovering that you have periodontal disease can be understandably distressing. Having the right dental professionals to guide you through the treatment process can put you at ease and ensure that you regain optimal oral health. When you need gum disease treatment it’s time to partner with the trusted periodontics professionals at Elevate Dental.
What is a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a dental professional who has studied periodontics, the field of dentistry centered on structures that surround and support the teeth, such as gums, connective tissue, and jaw bone. In addition to an undergraduate program and four years of dental school, dentists must also complete three years of focused study to become periodontists.
Their specialized training gives periodontists the skills needed to diagnose, treat, and even prevent periodontal disease. Periodontists can offer a variety of treatments, such as scaling roots (removing tartar), planing roots (removing infected tooth structure), root surface debridement (removing damaged tissue), and surgical procedures related to periodontal disease. In addition, periodontists are trained in restorative procedures related to periodontal disease, such as the placement and maintenance of dental implants, bone grafting and gum grafting.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Everyone has bacteria in their mouth, but with proper oral hygiene, including at-home care like daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash, paired with regular dental visits for cleaning, examination, and x-rays, you have the best chance to keep bacteria in check and prevent the plaque and tartar build-up it can cause. Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria is not kept in check and plaque and tartar build on teeth, eroding protective enamel and irritating gums and other tissues. In time, infection sets in, resulting in worsening periodontal disease if left untreated.
How can you tell if you have periodontal disease? There are several signs and symptoms to look for, including:
- Red, swollen, and/or tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Gum recession
- Bad breath and/or foul taste in mouth
- Visible plaque and tartar buildup (as well as hidden buildup below the gum line)
- Painful chewing
- Teeth that move or that become loose
- Tooth loss
- Subsequent problems with oral health and even overall bodily health
When you start to notice symptoms of periodontal disease, you need to find a qualified periodontist in Temecula, like the experts at Elevate Dental, to diagnose and treat your condition as soon as possible. Gingivitis and periodontitis will not correct themselves, and your general dentists may not have the education and experience necessary to effectively treat periodontal disease, reverse damage, prevent further problems, and help you regain optimal oral health.
The Value of Targeted Gum Disease Treatment
Why should you seek specialized treatment for periodontics? If you catch gum disease in its early stages, a dental hygienist and general dentist may be able to maintain periodontal health through Scaling and Root Planing, and regularly scheduled Periodontal Maintenance Treatments (PMT).
If your case of Periodontal disease is more severe you may need to consult a Periodontist. If you don’t take immediate action and periodontal disease is allowed to progress, it could lead to serious and irreversible problems like tooth loss. It could even begin to affect your overall health as you start to have difficulty chewing, or you develop painful abscesses and infection seeps into your bloodstream.
Early diagnosis and targeted treatment are the best ways to reverse periodontal disease before any serious and lasting damage is done, at Elevate Dental, we partner with a local periodontist who is fantastic at treating Periodontal disease, Dr. Henriod uses LANAP to treat gum disease in a much less invasive, more targeted way than traditional gum disease surgery.
Trusted Temecula Periodontics
At Elevate Dental, we pride ourselves on providing superior dental care services, including periodontics, and operating with honesty, integrity, and compassion. We want every patient to feel comfortable in our office and confident in the care they receive. If you have a positive experience, successful outcomes, and total satisfaction, we’ve done our job.
If you suspect you’re suffering from some form of periodontal disease, don’t hesitate to contact the talented and caring specialists at Elevate Dental at 951-699-4440 or online to schedule an appointment and learn more.