Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection of the gums and other tissues that support your teeth. Gum disease is caused by plaque and is usually painless. Therefore, many patients do not know that they have it. If you have gums that bleed easily, tender gums, receding gums, persistent bad breath, permanent teeth that are loose, or any change in your bite, Dr. Scott G. Lamming may suggest treatment for gum disease in San Juan Capistrano, California.
Our dentist may first perform a periodontal screening. Dr. Scott G. Lamming measures the depth of the gingival crevice. When he measures this, he also determines the state of health of the gums. Early detection of gum disease is ideal. Professional dental cleanings can help treat gum disease. Our dentist or dental hygienist will remove the tartar and plaque from above and below the gum line of all your teeth. If you have signs of gum disease, Dr. Scott G. Lamming may recommend that you schedule dental cleanings more than the usual twice a year.
Scaling and root planing, or deep cleanings, are a more direct treatment for gum disease. During these treatments, plaque is removed from above and below the gum line. Then, the tooth roots are smoothed out, as plaque has a harder time sticking to smooth surfaces.
We encourage you to contact the office of Scott G. Lamming, DDS with any questions about periodontal treatment and to schedule an appointment with our skilled team.