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Gum disease isn’t a laughing matter, especially to those that suffer from it. Did you know that nearly 75 million Americans suffer from periodontitis, the most severe form of gum disease?

If you notice your gums are swollen, red, bleeding or are forming deep pockets between your gums and teeth, it may be time to visit your dentist for treatment.

Your dentist will exam your gums in an appointment to check for bleeding, gum firmness, pocket depth, tooth movement, sensitivity and tooth alignment.

Depending on the severity of the disease, they may recommend a non-surgical or a surgical procedure. If the disease is mild, your dentist may schedule a professional cleaning or a scaling and root planing procedure to be done. Both of these methods deep clean the tissue to remove plaque and tarter which is removed either above or below the gumline.

If the gum disease becomes severe, surgery may be required to fix the problem. Some of these surgeries include: flap surgery/pocket reduction surgery, bone grafts, soft tissue grafts, guided tissue regeneration and bone surgery.

Generally, non-surgical procedures are all that is needed to treat gum diseases. When the tissue around the tooth becomes too unhealthy and cannot be repaired, surgery is often what will be recommended for treatment.

Don’t let your teeth or gums suffer from periodontal disease, contact our office at 925-837-8564 today to schedule an appointment.