What is gum disease?

The gums and soft tissues that support your smile are just as important to your overall oral health as your teeth and jaw are. Even with proper dental hygiene, this delicate area is easily prone to infection and decay. Gum disease, first appearing as a condition known as gingivitis, is a common affliction for many people. It is characterized by a painful infection of the gums and can cause many symptoms, such as:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Pain when biting down or chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Teeth that appear unusually long
  • A receding gumline

Dr. Russell West, our caring dentist, is able to diagnose and treat gum disease and other periodontal conditions that may damage your smile.

How is gum disease treated?

In Valencia, California, gum disease is treated based upon the severity and individual nature of your case. Sometimes, proper oral hygiene and medication are all that is necessary to reverse negative symptoms. Scaling and root planing are the most common treatments for gum disease and are powerful deep cleaning methods that remove infected gum tissue, built-up plaque and tartar, and smooth the rough surfaces of your teeth where bacteria may get trapped. If your case is serious enough, we may suggest surgery by a periodontist. No matter your needs, we are here to treat your entire smile. If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms of gum disease, please call us so we can schedule you an appointment and start you on the road to better oral health.