Periodontal disease is a serious infection of the tissues surrounding your teeth. Without treatment, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and even put your overall wellness at risk.
Our caring team and skilled Fresno, CA dentists, Dr. Braden Callister and Dr. Don Christensen, hold no judgments. The goal is to ease your discomfort, restore your smile, and halt the progression of your periodontal disease.
The Far-Reaching Consequences of Untreated Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease certainly puts your teeth at risk, but recent studies have also linked this disease to heart problems, stroke, and even rheumatoid arthritis.
When you have an infection in your body, it makes sense that other organs would be at risk. Infections are opportunistic and can spread without proper treatment.
The Signs of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease generally starts as gingivitis, a reversible inflammation of the gums. In this early stage, you may notice gum redness, inflammation, or your gums bleeding when you brush your teeth. It’s important to see one of our top Fresno, CA dentists when you first notice red or bleeding gums.
When gingivitis advances to periodontal disease, the symptoms are more significant and may include the following:
- Gum redness or swelling
- Gum recession—teeth may appear lengthened
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Periodic toothaches
- Bad breath
Our Fresno dentists have had a lot of success treating advanced periodontal disease with the goals of reducing bacterial load, improving gum health, and saving smiles.
Periodontal Disease Treatment in Fresno, CA
At Callister Dental, we understand that the prospect of tooth loss is frightening. Our dentists always work hard to save your smile by creating a custom treatment plan that addresses your specific periodontal symptoms and the extent of disease involvement.
Our caring team is also here to offer comfort and to see you through your treatments and answer any questions you may have along the way.
Treatments may include:
- A deep teeth cleaning schedule that includes scaling and root planing
- A gum graft to improve gum recession
- A topical or oral antibiotic regimen
Scaling involves the removal of plaque and bacteria below the gumline. Root planing involves removing calcification from exposed tooth roots to reduce infection and inflammation.
Contact Our Dental Team Today
If you have signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease, don’t wait to contact our Fresno, CA dental office. If you suffer from dental anxiety—which is often behind the development of periodontal disease—we invite you to come in for a chat to see the difference that a friendly and warm team can make!
We proudly serve patients in Fresno, Clovis, Madera, and surrounding areas.