Periodontics
Corona

Most people focus exclusively on their teeth when it comes to oral health. However, maintaining gum health is just as important because they anchor and stabilize the teeth. The gums also prevent bacteria from affecting the roots of your teeth, ensuring optimal dental stability and durability. However, over 80% of Americans suffer from various stages of gum disease, from minor gingival inflammation to periodontal bone loss. Besides affecting your dental health, periodontal disease also increases the risk of other medical conditions, such as diabetes, strokes, and heart disease. Dr. Huston is an expert in periodontics in Corona, CA.

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Early Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is pernicious because it’s barely perceptible or identifiable at the early stages. While you might notice mild swelling and redness around the affected sites, most patients don’t realize they have gingivitis until it reaches an advanced stage. If gingivitis is left unchecked, it eventually leads to periodontitis and bone loss. Dr. Huston conducts a thorough evaluation using 3D X-rays and cutting-edge diagnostic technologies to determine if you have gingivitis or periodontitis.

While gingivitis is hard to identify at the early stages, you should generally be wary of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Teeth sensitivity
  • Gum tenderness
  • Pain while chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Halitosis, i.e., chronic bad breath

Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease

  • Poor maintenance of oral hygiene
  • Chewing, smoking, and other forms of tobacco consumption
  • Underlying chronic conditions, such as diabetes and autoimmune disorders
  • Blood pressure medications and steroids that cause gingival inflammation or dry mouth
  • Drugs prescribed after a kidney transplant
  • Hormonal changes caused by puberty or pregnancy
  • Exposure to certain kinds of bacteria

Understanding Periodontal Disease

Over time, small traces of food particles stuck between your teeth and gums turn into a white sticky substance called plaque. The plaque should be removed regularly with optimal oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing. If you don’t maintain optimal oral hygiene, the plaque hardens into a substance called tartar. Unfortunately, tartar can only be removed via a process called scaling, usually offered by dentists during standard teeth cleanings.

If you don’t go for dental cleanings, the plaque and tartar continue spreading. The bacteria in the plaque and tartar invade the gums and release toxic substances that cause gum inflammation. The immune system responds to the bacterial infection by attacking the bacteria, which, in turn, also damages the tissues, gum, and bones. As such, plaque and tartar accumulation leads to bacterial infections, which, in turn, damages oral health.

As gum disease continues spreading, the gums pull away from the teeth, creating deep pockets where bacteria can proliferate and multiply. As the gums continue receding, the bacterial infection continues spreading, eventually affecting the roots of the teeth and bone tissues. After some time, the gums can’t stabilize the teeth anymore, leading to the loss of teeth. Eventually, the bacterial infection also spreads to the bone and blood, leading to other health conditions, like diabetes and heart problems. For this reason we provide periodontics in Corona to our patients.

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Stages of Periodontal Disease

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the mildest and most treatable form of periodontal disease. At this stage, the gums become inflamed, leading to redness and swelling. You might also notice a little bleeding while flossing and brushing your teeth. Gingivitis is easily reversed.

Periodontitis

Periodontitis is the second stage of the disease, the point at which you experience gum recession and severe inflammation. Periodontitis is usually measured by the amount of gum recession — if the pockets of space between your gums and teeth exceed 5mm, you have severe periodontal disease.

Periodontal Bone Loss

Periodontal bone loss is the final stage of the disease when you suffer from tooth loss and bone loss due to unchecked bacterial infection.

Contact 2nd Chance Smile Implant Center

2nd Chance Smile Implant Center is a state-of-the-art dental center specializing in the latest dental implant techniques. However, we also believe you should never need implants and that you should maintain your natural teeth for a lifetime. To that end, we use the latest diagnostic tools and techniques to identify the earliest stages of periodontal disease to create the ideal treatment plan for you. Please schedule an appointment at our dental clinic to discuss your options for periodontics in Corona, California.

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