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Gum tissue holds teeth in place and protects the tooth roots. Because the gums play a major role in a healthy, beautiful smile, it’s important to protect this soft tissue from gum disease and other problems.

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a serious risk to dental and overall health. If you’re at risk of gum disease or you’re suffering from the early stages, Dr. Jacob Russell can recommend preventative measures and general dentistry treatments to restore healthy tissue.

To seek treatment for gum disease, call Jacob Russell, DDS, today at (858) 459-4113. Dr. Russell provides a range of general dentistry services, including gum therapy, to patients throughout the San Diego area.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease occurs when there is too much plaque in the mouth, which causes gum tissue to become inflamed. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, with symptoms including:

  • Bleeding from the gums, especially after brushing or flossing
  • Swelling of gum tissue
  • Sensitivity
  • Red, irritated look and feel

When left untreated, gum disease can advance to periodontitis. At this stage the symptoms of gingivitis become more acute, and you might notice that certain teeth are starting to become loose. This happens because the gum tissue is pulling away from the teeth.

Along with destabilizing the teeth, severe gum disease has also been linked to a host of serious health issues such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Elevated stroke risk
  • Respiratory problems
  • Premature birth in pregnant women

If you begin experiencing symptoms of gum disease, book an appointment with our San Diego dentist as soon as possible.

Determining the Best Gum Disease Treatment

Catching gum disease early is crucial to successful treatment. Bacteria in the mouth is easier to remove in its initial stages, and early diagnosis can minimize damage to gum tissue.

Dr. Russell will check for signs of gum disease during your six-month exam. If your regular preventative care isn’t enough to stop plaque growth, you might need professional treatment. Gum disease treatments we offer at our San Diego office include:

  • Scaling and root planing
  • Laser gum therapy
  • Professional cleaning — some patients can eliminate sufficient bacteria for healthy gum tissue just by visiting Dr. Russell twice a year

Dr. Russell is passionate about using the latest in dental technology to give patients the treatment they need for oral health. Scaling and root planing is a “first defense” against gum disease, but in some cases laser treatment can enhance the results.

Scaling and Root Planing

If the professional cleaning provided as part of your six-month dental visit doesn’t remove enough bacteria to keep gum tissue healthy, a scaling and root planing procedure is often the next step. Scaling and root planing is an effective treatment for the early stages of gum disease.

Dr. Russell will clean beneath the gum line all along the tooth root. This deeper cleaning will not only remove buildup of plaque in areas you can’t normally reach but also even out the surface of the tooth, giving bacteria fewer places to hide.

After scaling and root planing, you’ll have to brush and floss your teeth diligently to prevent growth of more bacteria and keep gum disease from advancing. Dr. Russell might prescribe an antibiotic afterward to encourage healing and fight infection.

Laser Gum Therapy

The laser used in periodontal therapy precisely targets infected gum tissue and vaporizes it, killing the bacteria quickly with focused heat. Laser gum treatment has a number of benefits, including:

  • Non-surgical alternative for removing unhealthy tissue
  • Little to no discomfort, decreasing the need for anesthesia
  • The laser cauterizes the treatment area, minimizing bleeding
  • Healing begins soon after the procedure

In most cases, Dr. Russell will recommend using laser therapy in conjunction with scaling and root planing to provide your gums the deepest, most thorough clean. Scaling and root planing will remove the majority of the bacteria, while the laser can clear away diseased tissue for healthier gums.

Patients with advanced gum disease might require more intensive treatment to prevent tooth loss and restore their health. Dr. Russell has forged connections with dental professionals throughout the San Diego area, including experienced, reliable periodontists and oral surgeons who can provide additional gum treatments.

Gum disease is one of the most common oral health problems. For more on the general dentistry services that can keep your entire mouth healthy, or to find out more about gum treatments including laser dentistry, please contact Jacob Russell, DDS today. Dr. Russell has more than 35 years of experience serving the San Diego community.