Periodontal maintenance deals with the gums, tissues, and bones that support and surround teeth. This service works to prevent and treat periodontal (gum) disease. Dr. Richard G. Goble and our team are committed to maintaining our patients’ overall oral health. We will work with you to help you achieve lasting health for your teeth and gums when you visit our office for periodontal maintenance in Fallbrook, California.
Periodontal (gum) disease is characterized by an excessive amount of plaque and calculus (tartar) which have accumulated around the teeth, causing deterioration to the surrounding tissues (which can include the jawbone). It can be identified by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. If left untreated, periodontal disease will eventually begin to destroy the gums and bone.
Because the early stages of periodontal diseases are usually painless, it can be difficult to detect. Some of the signs and symptoms of developing periodontal disease include the following:
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Increased spaces between teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus around the gums and teeth
- Receding gums around the teeth
- Red and inflamed gums
- Tenderness and discomfort
Aside from the risk of losing your permanent teeth, there are many health risks that are associated with periodontal disease. Untreated periodontal disease is dangerous, which is why we make an effort to prevent this condition.
To avoid advancement in periodontal disease, patients should practice good oral hygiene, eat a balanced diet, and attend regularly scheduled dental appointments. If there is any pain or discomfort surrounding your teeth or gums, it is strongly recommended that you visit our dentist as soon as possible.