Krystle Fenton, DDS

Gum Disease Treatment

Krystle Fenton, DDS

Gum Disease Treatment

Who choose for gum disease treatment in Elk Grove?

Dentistry is about a lot more than just teeth. Your gums play an essential role in your oral health, not to mention their influence in the appearance of your smile. The periodontists at Laguna Vista Dental in Elk Grove care the most about the tiny tissues in your mouth that you might think of the least — your gums.

Periodontists specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating gum disease. Periodontists complete the same training as general dentists plus three years of additional training in the treatment of gum disease and the use of dental implants.

Patient Receiving Periodonmtal Care

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease — often referred to as gum disease — is an infection of your gum tissues. Your gums play an essential role in supporting your teeth and sealing the interior of your jaw and to protect the roots of your teeth.

Periodontal disease is usually caused by poor oral hygiene habits that have allowed plaque to build up and to the extent that it forms tartar and causes irritation and inflammation. Periodontal disease presents in two primary ways: as the less serious but very common gingivitis; and as the more serious periodontitis.

Benefits of gum disease treatment

If your best commitment to daily oral hygiene, regular dental checkups, and annual teeth cleanings have been insufficient to prevent the development of gingivitis or periodontitis, gum disease treatment is essential to restore your oral health before the condition advances to the point of tooth loss. Here are some of the benefits of effective treatment:
Effective treatment will reduce or eliminate bleeding gums while you brush and floss.
Healthy gums do not look red and swollen, but pink, firm, consistent, and smooth.
Treatment to eliminate gum disease may eliminate the need for dental implants or replacement teeth.
Gum disease treatment will halt the shrinking of your gums which exposes the roots of your teeth to damage and undermines the appearance of your teeth and smile.
Gum disease treatment prevents or arrests the loss of bone and tissue that can cause teeth to become loss or even fall out.
Healthy Gums After Periodontal Disease

Effective periodontal disease treatment can prevent tooth loss

Tooth loss is a serious dental and medical issue that undermines your ability to smile, eat, and speak and can cause digestive and nutritional health problems as well as further dental complications. The primary source of tooth loss is tooth decay that has advanced beyond the reach of daily dental hygiene because of poor habits, neglect, or failure to receive timely dental care.

Your best defense against tooth loss? Early and effective interventions in the form of appropriate periodontal treatment to halt gum disease in its tracks as soon as it emerges.

Asian Women Smiling After Gum Disease Care

Serious as periodontal disease is, it is preventable

At Laguna Vista Dental, we offer every service and support required to ensure that you never have to undergo periodontal treatment — education, preventative treatment, regular checkups, teeth cleaning, and gum assessments.

Our team will develop a comprehensive treatment plan to keep your gums healthy at all ages, so the treatment procedures discussed below will never be something you have to worry about. Having said that, if periodontal disease is already a fact of your life — minor or advanced — we are ready to respond effectively to restore your gum health and get you back on track.

Periodontal services

At Laguna Vista Dental, we perform periodontal procedures to rescue patients from the serious potential effects of gum disease in the form of periodontitis. The primary procedures to address periodontitis if gum disease has advanced beyond the stage of gingivitis are pocket irrigation and scaling and root planing.
Single Tooth Veneer Services

Pocket Irrigation

Pocket irrigation uses pressurized water to clean hard-to-reach areas between your teeth and under your gum line. The goal is to remove plaque and any other debris that has accumulated there, and to clear out the space around you teeth below your gums (the pockets). Irrigation is simple and effective at eliminating gum disease and offers the added benefit of significantly reducing bad breath caused by bacteria that is trapped around and beneath your gums.
Single Tooth Veneer Services

Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and root planing are cleaning techniques that focus not just on the visible surfaces of your teeth, but on all surfaces of your teeth — including between your teeth and below your gum line. Scaling and root planing is performed after the affected areas are numbed to avoid any discomfort caused by the scaling tools — traditional, ultrasonic, or both as required to treat your periodontitis. Scaling and planing effectively eliminates tartar that has built up in otherwise inaccessible areas of your mouth, and that simply can not be reached by brushing and flossing alone. Unless removed, that tartar below your gum line can cause the pockets to expand due to inflammation and contribute to the emergence and advancement of periodontitis.
Single Tooth Veneer Services

Crown Lengthening

We know that the appearance of your gums can also be an important cosmetic factor. We offer services to alter the appearance of your gums, including crown lengthening (also referred to as gum contouring) to reduce the appearance of “gummy” smiles and to increase the apparent size of your teeth.
Elk Grove Dentist, Krystle Fenton

Our promise to you

Our dentists and staff will partner with you to prevent gum disease, arrest gum disease, and eliminate the damage caused by gum disease, and to restore optimum gum health.

Every step in that gum health strategy is essential for ensuring your family’s healthy gums for their entire lifetime. We won’t skip a single step.

Contact us today

Diligent daily hygiene habits and regular dental checkups at Laguna Vista Dental in Elk Grove can ensure that gum disease does not develop. If early signs of gum disease are detected, your dentist and their staff will take steps to reverse that gingivitis before it advances. If you’re concerned about the health of your gums and how to preserve it, or have symptoms of gingivitis or even periodontitis, contact our staff as soon as possible to return to and stay in good health.



How Do You Know If You Have Gum Problems?

The symptoms of gum disease include: bleeding gums while you brush and floss especially if your gums also seem red and swollen; gums that seem to recede or shrink away and down towards the roots of your teeth; persistently sensitive teeth; and persistent bad breath.

Can a Gum Disease Be Cured?

The first and early stage of periodontal disease — gingivitis — can be cured by a recommitment to daily oral hygiene to eliminate and prevent the accumulation of plaque. That can be accomplished by daily brushing and flossing, regular mouthwash, and consistent dental check-ups and annual teeth cleanings. If gum disease develops beyond the gingivitis stage to develop into periodontitis, it can only be arrested by invasive procedures such as scaling and deep cleaning.

What Are the Stages of Periodontal Disease?

The first stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis, a form of gum disease where your gums become inflamed by plaque on your teeth and along your gum line. Gingivitis can be treated and corrected as easily as recommitting to good oral hygiene habits.

Advanced periodontal disease is called periodontitis. Periodontitis is not limited just to your gums, like gingivitis, but affects your gums and the bone material in your jaw and teeth. At its most advanced, periodontitis undermines gum and bone material so badly that teeth become loose and may even fall out. Periodontitis can not be treated and arrested by mere oral hygiene, but requires much more invasive procedures.