The gums and soft tissues that support your smile are just as important to your overall dental health as your teeth are. That is why Dr. Russell Cannon and our dental team provide comprehensive periodontal treatments for conditions that affect your gums. The most common condition we see at our dental office in relation to the gums is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is also known as gum disease and causes a painful infection of the gums and soft tissues. If left untreated, this can lead to both gum and tooth loss. Gum disease often causes:
- Bleeding gums, especially when brushing and flossing
- Tender, swollen, and unusually red gums
- A receding gum line
- Loose teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Increased tooth sensitivity and pain
Our periodontal treatments are varied, based on your individual situation and how advanced the infection has become. Scaling and root planing, two deep cleaning methods, are among the most common treatments for gum disease in Irvine, California. Scaling removes infected gum tissue, while root planing smoothes the rough patches on your teeth where bacteria and infection linger. If you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of gum disease, we strongly encourage you to contact our dentist today. We are here to help restore the overall health of your smile.