Gum disease is a serious health concern among adults that should be addressed immediately. To give our patients the care they need, we are proud to offer laser treatment, the latest technology in gum disease therapy. Laser treatment is less invasive, virtually painless, and reduces the risk of infection. Depending on your specific case, Dr. Sean Ky may also recommend ARESTIN®, an antibiotic that kills gum disease-friendly bacteria. If you are concerned about gum disease in Pasadena, California, you are welcome to speak with our dentist to discuss prevention and treatment options.
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a degenerative condition primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque. The bacteria inflame and infect the gum tissues, and when left untreated, can eventually cause the gums to pull away from the teeth. Untreated periodontal disease can result in bone loss, tooth loss, and gum tissue recession.
If your gums are swollen, red, or tender, or if your gums bleed easily, you may have periodontal disease. Other common symptoms of gum disease include loose teeth, painful chewing, persistent bad breath, and receding gums that make your teeth appear longer than normal. Following an exam at our office, our doctor and team will be able to determine whether you suffer from periodontal disease.
The treatment for gum disease is based upon your specific dental needs. Depending on the severity of the condition, our doctor may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery. We strive to help you restore your oral health and halt the progress of the disease. For more information on periodontal treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our office soon. We look forward to caring for your smile!