It’s estimated that more than 50% of adult Americans have some form of gum disease. Even if you have a good oral hygiene regimen, gingivitis can still develop in hard-to-reach spots. Regular visits to Dr. Mojgan Hashemi in Thousand Oaks, California, can keep gum disease under control. Call her office, Los Robles Dental Plaza, or book online to make an appointment today.
Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. If you’re experiencing any bleeding when you brush and floss, you likely have a minor case. You’ll probably have little or no discomfort in the early stages, with some generalized achiness as the disease progresses.
The good news is that gingivitis is reversible. You may need Dr. Hashemi’s help and more diligence with your own oral care at home. Leaving gingivitis untreated, though, raises the risk of developing periodontitis, a more advanced gum disease that has many forms.
Periodontitis stems from plaque spreading below the gum line, starting an inflammatory response in your body that causes the bone in your jaw to break down, eventually leading to tooth loss. Chronic periodontitis is the most common form of the disease. While its progression is usually slow, periods of rapid advancement may occur.
Your treatment depends on how far periodontitis progresses. In the early stages, aggressive scaling to remove tartar below the gum’s surface is usually the first procedure. A process called root planing encourages reattachment of gum tissue to your tooth’s surface. Antibiotics may also help combat bacterial infection. Dr. Hashemi offers Arestin® treatments when gum disease progresses to the bacterial infection stage.
In more advanced cases, treatment options may include dental surgery. Some of these procedures include:
When periodontitis progresses to the point where pockets form because of plaque and tartar, Arestin provides a long-term antibiotic treatment that stops infection and promotes regrowth of gum and bone tissue. Arestin delivers an antibiotic in microspheres that inhabit the pockets formed by periodontitis and slowly release medicine to keep bacteria levels to a minimum for about one month after treatment.
Pocket depth starts to recover over the next two months, with tissue recovery stabilized for nine months and beyond. This tissue recovery gives you the best chance to maintain oral health in the future through improved dental hygiene.