Gum Disease Treatment & Maintenance in Victorville

potrait of happy middle aged coupleMost people don't realize how essential healthy gums are to their overall oral health. Although gingivitis, periodontitis, and other gum diseases are common among adults, they're also preventable. At Mojave Dental Center, Dr. Sujal Parikh provides education for all ages on the benefits of healthy gums. His practice also has a team of skilled hygienists and a compassionate and experienced staff dedicated to promoting optimal oral health.

Our objective is to ensure you receive comprehensive gum disease treatment and maintenance in a comfortable atmosphere. We are proud to serve our Victorville, Adelanto, and Hesperia communities with personalized dental care. Call our friendly team and schedule your consultation today!


What is Gum Disease?

illustration of teeth and gumsGum disease is also known as periodontitis. It starts with bacterial infection, which may result in decay and other problems if left unchecked. Your dental health also has connections to the rest of your body's well-being. A growing amount of data suggests that gum disease can have a systemic impact and contribute to stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory problems.

Gum disease starts as gingivitis, which presents as inflammation. It happens when plaque accumulates around your teeth. Although it's not harmful at this point, it can build up and lead to periodontitis if not managed. Advanced periodontitis can damage your gums and the surrounding bone, which weakens the ligaments supporting your teeth.

Common Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease

Mild gingivitis is barely noticeable. You might have it for some time without experiencing any discomfort. This is one reason we recommend that you visit Dr. Sujal Parikh at least twice a year for a thorough examination. Catching and treating mild symptoms prevents the progression to periodontitis. Other than inflammation, additional symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Gums that bleed unexpectedly or when you brush your teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Weak, loose, or sensitive teeth
  • Pain when chewing
  • Growing spaces between teeth
  • Receding gums
  • An uncomfortable bite

Once you notice any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with the Mojave Dental Center immediately. The sooner Dr. Parikh treats you, the better your chances of preventing or halting the effects of periodontitis.

Our Gum Disease Treatments

Practicing consistent oral hygiene is one of the most effective preventive measures against periodontitis. It involves flossing to remove food particles, brushing at least twice a day, and using an anti-bacterial mouth rinse. Regular visits to our Victorville dentist allows us to identify and treat early symptoms. If your gum disease is advanced, our team has various treatment options to bring back your gum health. They include:

Maintenance Cleanings

Even if you observe proper oral hygiene, some plaque or tartar might prove too stubborn for your toothbrush and dental floss to remove. We advise routine cleaning at least twice a year. This procedure removes plaque between your teeth and along the gums. If you have mild to moderate gingivitis, more frequent cleanings can help reduce bacteria and prevent further damage.

Scaling and Root Planing

young woman getting a dental checkupPeriodontal maintenance is also known as deep cleaning. Periodontal pockets between your gums and teeth 4 mm or deeper are a clear sign of gum disease. They are a result of your gums pulling away from the teeth. The cleaning process is an outpatient procedure that doesn't require anesthesia, but we can offer it to prevent discomfort. Unlike routine cleaning, scaling and root planing cleans above and below your gum line.

Scaling involves removing plaque or tartar from your teeth and under your gums. It helps clear large periodontal pockets. Once done, Dr. Parikh will use a special tool to smooth the tooth roots. This step is known as planing, a procedure that helps your gums to reattach to your teeth. We will also recommend further visits depending on the extent of gum disease. If your gum disease needs advanced procedures or surgery, Dr. Parikh will recommend a trusted specialist.

Our Compassionate Approach

At Mojave Dental Center, we encourage a preventive approach to gum disease. Regular dental visits provide early diagnosis, which helps you avoid discomfort and higher costs for restorative care. Our highly skilled and experienced team provides compassionate and respectful care. We don't judge you but do our best to create the most appropriate treatment plan. Even if you have not been to the dentist for a while, we can help you get back on the path to optimal gum health.

Exceptional Periodontal Care in Victorville

Dr. Sujal Parikh is committed to resolving periodontal problems and renewing your smile. He listens closely and takes care to conduct accurate diagnoses and effective treatment plans. His personalized care puts you at ease while providing customized solutions. The staff at Mojave Dental Center is skilled in treating various dental issues, and our continuous training ensures we are up to date with the latest innovations in our industry. Call to schedule your appointment today and learn more!


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