Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a degenerative condition caused by harmful bacteria in plaque. When these bacteria inflame and infect the gums and are left untreated, they will eventually lead to gum recession, tooth loss and bone loss.
Common symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Swollen, red and tender gums
- Gums which bleed easily
- Persistent bad breath
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Changes in your bite or the fit of oral appliances
- Pus between the teeth
Gum disease has also been linked to a number of systemic conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and stroke, pregnancy complications, osteoporosis and respiratory disease. Gum disease and these conditions often impact and even exacerbate each other, causing one condition to worsen over time. This makes it critical that you receive treatment for gum disease as soon as you are diagnosed with this condition. Dr. Elizabeth Kim can work with your medical doctor to help you manage any pre-existing health conditions as well as your gum disease so that you can continue to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
There are a variety of treatments for gum disease available. When you visit our office, we will evaluate the severity of your disease and your individual needs in order to create a customized treatment plan to help manage the condition. Depending on how severe your gum disease is, treatments may range from professional deep dental cleanings an antibiotic treatments to gum surgery.
We welcome you to call Lake Forest Dental at 949.446.0700 to learn more about treatments for gum disease in Lake Forest, California, and schedule your appointment with our dentist.