Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is the most common oral health problem facing dental patients today. If left untreated for too long, it can lead to a host of a potentially serious consequences, including tissue deterioration, an increased risk of tooth loss, and even complications associated with heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. That’s why searching for telltale signs of this disease are a high priority for Dr. Scott Grivas and his staff. We offer several advanced therapy options in Sacramento to treat your unique case of periodontal disease, whether it’s mild or much more severe – all of which promise an exceptional level of quality and comfort.
How can I tell if I have periodontal disease?
Common signs to look for at home include:
- Gums that bleed during brushing and/or flossing
- Red, puffy or swollen gums
- Tenderness in the mouth
- A tooth or a bite that suddenly feels different or loose
- Longer teeth (a sign of receding gums)
- Bad breath that isn’t alleviated with regular oral hygiene
It’s important to remember that in some cases symptoms that are visible to an untrained eye may not manifest until periodontal disease has advanced to later stages. That’s just one of many reasons why you should attend a regular appointment and in-depth cleaning with Dr. Grivas every six months.
When faced with a mild case of periodontal disease, an in-depth cleaning may be enough to reverse the effects. With a procedure known as a root planing and scaling, we can clean between your gums and teeth all the way down to the roots. Dr. Grivas is also proud to offer a state-of-the-art soft tissue laser, as well as LANAP to maximize precision and patient comfort. Our soft tissue laser can burn away diseased tissue with so much accuracy that your healthy tissue is left unharmed – and in most cases, patients don’t even require sutures for bleeding. Meanwhile, our LANAP procedure allows us to thoroughly clear infection from between the tooth and gum with a tiny laser fiber. The process is non-invasive, so most patients feel good enough to go right back to work afterward.
Here in Sacramento, we look forward to giving patients of all ages new reasons to smile. Our office provides the latest in dental technology, as a well as a variety of comprehensive services and a dedication to personalized, enjoyable care. Contact us today if you have any questions, or if you’re ready to schedule your first appointment. We welcome patients from West Sacramento, Rosemont, Florin, La Riviera, and beyond.