Healthy gums keep your teeth in their proper places. But they are also tasked with keeping oral bacteria from entering your system and causing respiratory and cardiovascular problems or complications for diabetes. Gum disease can cause your gums and your body to become susceptible to infection and result in bad breath, loose and lost teeth, receding gums, cavities and damage to your jaw.
Gum disease can be caused by a number of issues, including diet and tobacco use and even genetics. But the primary cause is the buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth. The symptoms of gum disease can include:
- Bleeding gums
- Gums that are red or even blue in color. Healthy gums are pink.
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Gums that are tender or swollen
In the early stages of gum disease, which is called gingivitis, our dentists may be able to treat or even reverse the problem by having you change your oral health care routine, or through a deep cleaning or a with a course of antibiotics. If your gum disease is more advanced, a condition known as periodontitis, surgery may be required to address the issue.
Dr. Homa H. Zadeh can address the effects of gum disease through a treatment that he has pioneered known as the VISTA technqiue. During this procedure, Dr. Zadeh access the area above the gum and repositioning the gum tissue. This process invovles no cutting and a minimum amount of suturing and is usually completed in a single visit to our office. The VISTA technique involves less work and your healing time is greatly reduced, making it a comfortable and convenient treatment.
If you have noticed the symptoms of gum disease in Woodland Hills, California, our team can help. Call Brighton Periodontal & Implant Dental Group at 818-703-7733 to plan a visit with Dr. [doctor_last], Dr. Ali Zadeh, Dr. Sara Tanavoli or Dr. Karen Wager.