Periodontal Disease

Gum Disease Treatment for Healthier, Happier Smiles in Fresno

couple with healthy smilesHealthy teeth and gums are vital aspects of a beautiful and functional smile. At the dental office of Simerdeep Gill, DDS, we’re committed to protecting your oral health and general well-being by treating gum disease. Dr. Simerdeep Gill works to eliminate early signs of infection. She also works with trusted specialists in our Fresno community to ensure expert care for complex needs.

We combine advanced technology, personable care, and reliable techniques to protect and maintain your teeth and gums. We proudly serve individuals and their families throughout Fresno, Clovis, and Marlo Gardens. If you or a loved one suspect you may have gum disease, contact us to schedule an evaluation today!


What is Gum Disease?

woman with irritated gumsGum disease occurs when harmful oral bacteria build up and become plaque and tartar. This collects even more bacteria and begins to inflame and irritate the gums. Over time, the infection attacks gum tissue, tooth roots, and the ligaments responsible for keeping your teeth in place.

How Do I Know If I Have Gum Problems?

Most American adults develop some form of gum disease during their lifetime, yet many don’t even realize they have it. Detecting early signs of the condition can be tricky because symptoms can be mild to almost unnoticeable. If you experience any of the following, please contact our dental office for treatment:

  • Red, sensitive, or swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Constant bad breath
  • Continuous bad taste in the mouth
  • Gum pain or discomfort
  • Longer-looking teeth due to receding gums
  • Pus or discharge in gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Pain or difficulty when biting down

Should I Be Concerned About Gum Disease?

In its advanced stages, gum disease can lead to severe issues involving your oral and overall health. Over time, seemingly minor symptoms of early gum disease, also known as gingivitis, can progress further. If left untreated, the condition can lead to receding gums, tooth loss, and bone loss. It can also interfere with whole-body health.

5 Common Causes for Gum Infection

The most common cause of gum disease is toxic plaque buildup due to improper oral hygiene. However, gum infection can develop because of other factors. Below are five common reasons why you or a loved one may have the condition.

  1. Smoking & chewing tobacco
  2. Hormonal changes during pregnancy
  3. Genetics
  4. Taking certain medications
  5. Alignment issues that prevent proper cleaning

How Can You Help If I Have Gum Disease?

dental x-rayDr. Simerdeep Gill and her team will evaluate your oral health to accurately confirm your level of gum disease. We use advanced diagnostic technologies such as digital x-rays to obtain clear images of your teeth and gums. With these tools, we can determine the current condition of your oral health.

Our dentist reviews your health history to understand any genetic, diet, and lifestyle factors that could influence the health of your gums. Once complete, our team takes time to discuss and educate you about recommended treatments.

If your needs are complex and require advanced care, we refer you to a trusted specialist. We have a collection of local experts in our network to ensure you receive the best care possible.

Protecting Gums with Prevention & Patient Education

demonstrating how to brush teeth with tooth modelWe believe the best way to protect against gum disease is prevention. Preventive care should combine patient education, good oral hygiene, bi-annual exams, and professional cleanings.

While we do provide gum disease treatment at our office, we also use routine visits to protect your teeth and gums as much as possible. We educate you and your loved ones about the importance of taking care of your smile correctly at home. We demonstrate the right way to brush and floss, helping protect your teeth and gums while minimizing your gum disease risks.

Exams allow Dr. Gill to detect inflammation and other symptoms before they lead to serious concerns. We can remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar from hard to reach places effectively during routine dental cleanings.

Understanding the Oral Systemic Connection

The same oral bacteria that leads to gum disease can also compromise your general health and well-being. Studies show that oral and overall health is closely linked. This relationship is known as the oral-systemic connection.

As gum infection progresses further, it advances underneath the gumline, past the tooth roots, and accesses the bloodstream. From there, bacteria can circulate to other areas of the body. Severe cases of gum disease may cause complications with heart health, diabetes, arthritis, and even pregnancy.

How We Treat Gum Disease

Treating gum disease depends on the level and severity of your condition. Dr. Gill and our team provide the following services to repair damage and encourage optimal gum health:

Tooth Scaling & Root Planing: Our skilled hygienists perform deep cleanings, otherwise known as scaling and root planing. Scaling includes using special tools to remove toxic plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. We also carefully clean along and below the gumline.

During root planing, our hygienists will smooth the tooth roots to make plaque and tartar buildup more difficult. This treatment also encourages your gums to re-attach and heal correctly.

Maintenance: If you are prone to gum disease or have recently undergone treatment for advanced stages, additional deep cleanings may be necessary. Continued care helps protect gum health longer and prevents re-infection. We typically recommend these maintenance cleanings every three to four months.

Contact Us for Gum Care!

Dr. Simerdeep Gill loves helping individuals and their families throughout Fresno protect their teeth and gums. With a skilled team of hygienists and advanced in-house technology, we can provide the gum care you need. Contact the dental office of Simerdeep Gill, DDS, to schedule your gum disease assessment today!


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