Painless, high-tech gum treatment
For mild to moderate gum disease you will be treated by our highly trained hygienists with deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) and irrigation either using Arestin® Therapy, antibiotic irrigation, or potassium nitrate solution, a natural solution for sensitive teeth.
Dr. Spalenka uses the Odyssey™ Diode Laser to gently and effectively treat more severe gum disease. Laser treatment can help to eliminate the need for conventional gum surgery in many cases.
Gum Disease Prevention
Routine checkups and professional cleanings are essential to good oral health. At Dr. Spalenka’s dental office we perform a comprehensive periodontal exam when you come in for your first check-up and at subsequent routine exams. This exam includes evaluating the state of your gums and any changes to your tooth structure.
We provide patient education on how to prevent gum disease or how to prevent it from coming back.
To make an appointment, call us at 858-487-9444 or click here to request an appointment online.
What is gum disease and what causes it?
Gum disease is the #1 cause of adult tooth loss in the US!
Gum disease is caused by bacteria in your mouth.
In a healthy state, the gums around your teeth are tight, pink, do not bleed when they are gently probed, and there is little space between the gums and the teeth for bacteria to build up.
If the bacteria are not removed effectively, your gums can start to bleed and may become red and swollen (gingivitis). The space between the gums and teeth becomes bigger. The bacteria now have somewhere to hide.
As the space (pocket) deepens, the bacteria become more aggressive. Your body starts to fight this infection. This leads to periodontal disease or periodontitis*, a loss of the bone that supports the teeth.
Therefore, the most important thing to do is correctly diagnose the presence and severity of gum disease. We test your gums for signs of gum disease and severity and then an appropriate plan can be made to prevent the spread and progression of the disease.
*periodontitis — a word that comes from the combination of the smaller Latin based words: “peri” meaning around or about, “odont” meaning tooth and “itis” meaning inflammation or infection.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Factors that contribute to gum disease include poor oral hygiene, irregular professional dental cleanings, smoking or chewing tobacco, certain medications, defective fillings, crooked teeth and systemic diseases.
Warning signs of gum disease are:
- Gums that bleed during tooth brushing
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
A healthy lifestyle, regular brushing and flossing, and regular visits to the dentist for cleanings are the best way to keep your gums healthy and to avoid gum disease.