Gum disease is a progressive condition that starts with mild symptoms that can be easy to ignore. If gum disease is left untreated, it can develop into a serious oral health problem, contributing to tooth, bone, and gum tissue loss. Periodontal disease is also linked to several systemic—and potentially deadly—health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and strokes. At Shadowridge Dental Group in San Marcos, California, we monitor the health of your gums as closely as we take care of your teeth and offer treatment options for gum disease at all stages to help restore the health of your smile.
In its earliest stage, gum disease is called gingivitis and can be reversed with attentive home care and regular dental visits to get the underlying bacterial infection under control. Early signs of gum disease include:
As gum disease progresses, the infection and inflammation begin to eat away at your tissues and supporting ligaments, leading to more serious symptoms such as:
Effective gum disease treatment requires a personalized approach designed for your specific oral health, medical history, and stage of gum disease. While early-stage gingivitis is reversible with diligent hygiene, more advanced gum disease can lead to permanent damage to your teeth and gums and requires a more intensive approach to halt the progression of the disease. Depending on your specific needs, our dentists may recommend one or more of the following treatment options:
At Shadowridge Dental Group, we are committed to not only restoring your gums back to health but also helping you maintain your healthy smile for many years to come. To schedule your appointment at our San Marcos, CA office, call (760) 284-8111 today!