Gum disease is a serious gum infection that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup as a result of poor oral hygiene practices. This triggers an immune response that causes inflamed gums. When treated in the earliest stage at our Thousand Oaks practice, it is easily reversible.
However, once it develops into periodontitis, a more advanced form of gum disease, irreversible damage will occur to soft tissues and jawbone. As the gums pull away from the teeth, gum pockets form, trapping bacteria and worsening inflammation.
The more severe gum disease becomes, the deeper the gum pockets get. Gum recession and bone loss lead to loose teeth and eventual tooth loss.
If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease such as tender, red, swollen, or receding gums, bad breath, or teeth that are sensitive or loose, contact us at Stephen Woodall Family Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry to schedule a consultation in Thousand Oaks.
Your Thousand Oaks dentist will discuss your symptoms with you and take x-rays to look for signs of gum disease and rule out other oral health problems.
Deep cleanings are more invasive than regular cleanings because they go below the gum line. To avoid causing you discomfort, our Thousand Oaks team will administer local anesthesia.
Using a probe, we will measure the depth of your gum pockets to determine what stage of gum disease you have.
Using a scaler or an ultrasonic cleaner, we will remove calculus from below the gumline.
The tooth’s roots are smoothed out and reshaped. This prevents future accumulation of bacteria and helps the gums reconnect to the teeth.
Once you have periodontitis, you must return to our Thousand Oaks office for regular periodontal cleanings about every 3 to 4 months.
While early-stage gum disease (gingivitis) can be reversed through simple oral hygiene practices like regular brushing, flossing, and attending dental cleanings, it often goes unnoticed because symptoms are mild.
Once gum disease develops into periodontitis, a deep cleaning will be necessary to clear the infection. Since a lot of bacteria has collected beneath the gum line due to deep gum pockets forming, a deep cleaning involves scaling beneath the gum line and smoothing out the tooth roots so we can prevent bacteria from clinging to the roots and so the gums can easily reattach.
Deep cleanings can be done in two parts split into two appointments at our Thousand Oaks office or can be finished in one long appointment that can last up to 2 hours.