Periodontal Disease Diagnosis & Treatment in San Jose
Though nearly half of all adults have some form of periodontal (gum) disease, only a small percentage actually seek treatment. Though gum disease may seem like a minor health issue, it can lead to major complications if left untreated.
Dr. Dick Koo is dedicated to providing healthy, beautiful smiles to residents of San Jose and surrounding communities. Our practice uses the latest dental technology to offer patients exceptional dental care while maximizing patient comfort and keeping healing time to a minimum. For gentle and professional periodontal care, schedule a visit with our office today.
Treating Periodontal Disease with Laser Dentistry
When periodontal disease becomes serious, your health could be put at risk. Fortunately, our office has the tools and techniques you need to restore your gums to a healthy state.
In the later stages of periodontal disease, bacteria can build up in pockets beneath the gum line. Using laser dentistry, the dentist can access these pockets and eliminate bacterial infection. Then using a root scaling and planing procedure, the dentist removes plaque and tartar and smooths out the root surface of the tooth to allow the gums to heal back into place.
Dangers of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease begins when bacteria and the acid they produce irritate the gums and cause inflammation. This early stage is known as gingivitis. Without dental intervention, gingivitis can worsen into periodontitis.
Without treatment, periodontitis causes swelling, bleeding gums, sensitivity and even lead to the gums receding from the tooth and making them loose. Worse, if the infection reaches the bloodstream, it can cause secondary infections in other parts of the body, including the heart and lungs.
Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
The earlier gum disease is detected and treated, the better your oral health will be. Contact the dentist if your gums develop any of these symptoms:
- Red or swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Sensitivity to touch or pressure
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- A receding gum line
- Loose teeth
Exceptional Dentistry in San Jose
Dr. Koo and his passionate team strive to offer their San Jose patients a positive dental experience in every respect. From the cutting-edge technology to the welcoming atmosphere, we provide first-rate services for even the smallest procedures. Whether you need care for an existing concern, or simply want to ensure your dental health stays in good shape, we’ll be happy to put our skills to work for you. Schedule a visit today!