Periodontics

Woman from San Luis Obispo had her gum disease treated using a deep teeth cleaning and periodontal therapy.Oral health is about more than just beautiful teeth and a straight smile. Keeping your gums and overall oral structure healthy is vital for great dental hygiene.

Here at Deborah McNeil-Amorteguy, DDS, we are happy to provide periodontal therapy to help treat the early stages of periodontal disease, also known as gum disease.

The Problem With Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease can lead to discomfort in the mouth and is one of the top reasons for adult tooth loss in America! Beyond this, it has also been associated with diabetes, respiratory disease, and heart disease. For these reasons, it’s important to keep your whole mouth—both teeth and gums—as healthy as possible.

In addition to maintaining your smile and physical health, your oral care can be essential for your overall well-being. The inflammatory response to gum disease is caused by cortisol, also known as the stress hormone.

Many medical organizations such as the American Dental Association have noted patients with periodontal disease have elevated levels of stress which they can exhibit in the form of mental or emotional fatigue.

When you schedule an appointment with our talented team of dental professionals, you won’t have to worry about periodontitis-related health issues! We’ll take excellent care of you with our excellent periodontal disease treatment.

Do I Have Periodontal Disease?

It may be hard to detect periodontal disease in its early stages, but here are some indicators that you may have it:

  • Tender or Red Gums: Your gums should be a healthy pink color. If you notice tenderness or discoloration, this is an indication of inflammation and should be treated as soon as possible.
  • Bleeding Gums: Your body naturally responds to infection and inflammation by releasing cortisol, but this can cause the soft tissue of your mouth to bleed excessively when brushing.
  • Gum Recession: If you notice a recession of your gum line, this can be an indication that your periodontal disease is advancing. Major infection and tooth loss are a real possibility. Contact your dentist as soon as possible for a consultation!
  • Tooth Sensitivity or Discomfort: The harmful bacterial buildup that contributes to gum disease often causes dental discomfort. With so many means to treat periodontitis, don’t go another day in pain and call our office.
  • Constant Bad Breath: Persistent bad breath or foul taste in your mouth that brushing or mouthwash can’t get rid of is a sign that periodontal disease has spread to hard-to-reach places underneath your gum line.
  • Sores or Pus on the Gums: This is a dangerous sign that periodontal disease is advancing. Periodontal disease poses extreme health risks including infection and bone deterioration.
  • Excessive Tartar Buildup: When tartar hardens into plaque, it allows harmful bacteria to attack your mouth’s soft tissue more effectively. It is best to take care of it before this advances into late-stage periodontitis.

Don’t wait for these symptoms to turn into late-stage periodontitis; call Deborah McNeil-Amorteguy, DDS, today for periodontal disease treatment.

How We Can Help

Preventative care is one of the best ways to keep periodontal disease from occurring, but if you already have it, we can help. Our gum disease treatment includes scaling and root planing, which are usually the first treatments used to fight gum disease. Think of this like an extra deep teeth cleaning.

The most common periodontal therapy method is a combination of treatments known as scaling and root planing. Through the scaling process, we can remove plaque and tartar that are harbored under the gums. We then use the root planing process to smooth the gums, which will help keep plaque and tartar from coming back.

We can even perform gingivectomies should there be concerns about gum tissue being particularly susceptible to disease. With our advanced dental lasers providing the latest in periodontal disease treatment, we can eliminate both bacteria and high-risk tissue with ease.

Our office also incorporates the OralDNA diagnostic system, allowing us to better identify and treat bacterial infections such as periodontitis with incredible scientific precision. With a simple saliva sample, we can discover the most effective means to treat the bacteria which is the source of the gum disease.

Call Our Office Today

If you think you may have gum disease, you do not have to deal with it any longer thanks to our periodontal therapy options. Call Deborah McNeil-Amorteguy, DDS, today to get started on your gum disease treatment. Our team makes it a priority to keep our patients as healthy and comfortable as possible!