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Treatment for Gum Disease

Cosmetic Dentist in San Marcos, CA. Randall Leads, DDS.

The gum and bone tissue lay the groundwork for a healthy smile. Gum disease is infection in the tissues and bone that support your teeth. Gum disease isn’t something that’s developed overnight. It starts as gingivitis which comes from plaque build-up. Plaque then hardens and turns into tartar which is hard to remove. If not treated infection begins to form in your gums, causing bleeding that may or may not be visible. This progresses into periodontitis which is far more serious that gingivitis.

There are many options to treat gum disease at different levels. The early stages of gum disease are treated with a deep cleaning of all four quarters of the mouth. This treatment is also known as scaling and root planing, and the objective is to stop the infection from worsening. For moderate to severe stages of gum disease, gum surgery may be recommended.

Preventative dentistry is always the best route to choose for good health. A complete oral examination will determine if there is any presence of infection. With a healthy mouth, your dentist will suggest a basic dental plan consisting of brushing, flossing and good dental hygiene.

San Marcos CA dentist Dr. Leads offers the most advanced treatments to stop the damage caused by periodontal disease—the nation’s leading cause of adult tooth loss. These include soft tissue management, new pharmaceuticals and new tissue regenerative procedures.