Gum Disease Treatment in
San Diego, California

Gum disease is a progressive condition that can have a lasting impact on your overall oral health. Dr. Safar and our professional dental team offer gum disease treatment in San Diego, California, to help patients restore their health and smile with confidence.

Gum Disease Treatment in San Diego, California

At Celebrity Smile, we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve optimal oral health. If you suffer from gum disease, we are here to help. Call our office today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the benefits of gum disease prevention and treatment.

What is Gum Disease?

Known as periodontal disease, gum disease is a common condition experienced by nearly half of all American adults. Gum disease is a progressive condition that occurs in two stages: the early stage, gingivitis and the advanced stage, periodontitis. The symptoms of gingivitis seem minor and often relatively painless. This is why many patients are unaware they have gum disease until the symptoms become more severe, painful, or noticeable. Common symptoms of gingivitis include infections in the gums that cause swelling, redness or bleeding when brushing or flossing.

If diagnosed in the early stages, gum disease is easily reversed with good oral hygiene and treatments such as dental cleanings and antibacterial mouth rinses. Once gum disease advances to periodontitis, it requires specialized treatment to reverse the effects and clear the infection. Common symptoms of periodontitis may include receding gums, exposed tooth roots, or infections in the jawbone and the tissues that support your teeth. This can cause your teeth to loosen and eventually fall out, leading to permanent tooth loss.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease is caused by the buildup of bacterial plaque and tartar on your teeth. Over time, the toxins from the bacterial buildup attack the sensitive tissues of your gums, tooth roots, and jawbones. Plaque and tartar are typically caused by poor oral hygiene and at-home care. Other health and lifestyle factors can contribute to your risk of developing gum disease. These factors can include smoking and tobacco use, family history, diabetes, certain medications, or hormonal changes due to puberty, pregnancy or menopause.

How is Gum Disease Treated?

If detected early, Dr. Safar and our experienced dental team can treat your gum disease with a professional cleaning and antibacterial mouth rinses and toothpaste. Once gum disease advances to periodontitis, you will need specialized treatment to combat the infections and restore your oral health. At Celebrity Smile, we offer a variety of comprehensive gum disease treatments. Schedule an appointment with our dentists to discuss your treatment options. Depending on your needs, we can recommend:

  • Scaling and Root Planing: Also called deep cleaning. First, Dr. Safar will perform scaling to remove the built-up plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth. Then she will perform a root planing, smoothing the roots of your teeth to prevent bacteria from adhering to your tooth roots.
  • Dental Crown Lengthening: Dr. Safar will perform this procedure to remove diseased gum tissue and expose more of the natural tooth for restoration. We can also offer this procedure to recontour and redefine the gumline for patients who have “gummy” smiles.
  • Gingivectomy: Dr. Safar will perform this procedure to remove diseased gum tissue and help restore your oral health.
  • Root Surface Debridement: Similar to scaling and root planing. In this procedure, Dr. Safar will use surface debridement to remove stubborn built-up plaque and tartar from the roots of your teeth.
  • Laser Treatment: A minimally invasive alternative to a traditional gingivectomy, Dr. Safar will use a laser to trim away diseased or damaged gum tissue and promote healing.
  • Pocket Reduction Surgery: Dr. Safar will perform this simple surgical procedure to clear the infection from the spaces (called periodontal pockets) that develop between your receding gums and tooth roots. She will clean out the bacteria from the pockets and reduce the size of the pockets, promoting the growth of healthy gum tissue.
  • Regenerative Procedures: Depending on your needs, Dr. Safar can recommend regenerative procedures to restore or replace jawbone tissue that has been lost due to periodontitis.

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