Gum Disease in
Phoenix, AZ

Gum disease is a common but serious condition that can affect not only your oral health but your overall health as well. Dr. Trujillo specializes in its treatment.

As a periodontist, Dr. Trujillo specializes in the treatment of gum disease, or periodontitis. Gum disease is a common but serious condition that can affect not only your oral health but your overall health as well.

Dr. Trujillo offers periodontal treatments designed to halt the progression of gum disease in mild and even advanced cases. His goals are to treat gingival infection, save teeth, and restore the natural function and look of your smile. It’s important to be fully informed when it comes to the effects of gum disease and the three primary stages.

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What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is commonly identified as an inflammation of the gums which can be mild or extreme depending on the stage of gum disease. If the inflammation persists, it can affect the bone that supports and surrounds your teeth. Gum disease is a result of plaque. The bacterium in plaque eventually infects your gums, teeth, gum tissue, and bones if it is left untreated. Gum disease needs to be detected and treated immediately in order to avoid the worst-case scenario of losing your teeth as a result of the destruction of your gum tissue and bone structure.

What Are The Stages of Gum Disease?

There are considered to be three stages of gum disease:

Gingivitis: The First Stage

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums which is caused by the buildup of plaque at the gum line. If plaque is not removed through flossing and brushing, it can produce toxins that irritate the gum tissue which leads to gingivitis. The damage of gum disease can be reversed at this stage since the damage has not yet impacted the connective tissue and the bone that holds your teeth in place. A sign of gingivitis is bleeding when you’re flossing or brushing.

Periodontitis: The Second Stage

Periodontitis is when the supporting fibers and bone that keep your teeth in place have been damaged irreversibly. A pocket below the gums can form at this stage. This pocket traps plaque and food which further damages your gums. At this point, the patient needs to improve their home dental care and seek proper dental treatment in order to limit further damage from the gum disease.

Advanced Periodontitis: The Final Stage

Advanced periodontitis is when the bone and fibers supporting your teeth have been destroyed. As a result of this destruction, your teeth will begin to loosen and shift in your mouth. If aggressive treatment is not taken at this point, your teeth may be damaged beyond the point at which they can be saved.

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Do I Have Gum Disease? How Can I Know?

Gum disease can actually occur in a patient of any age. However, gum disease is more common among adults. If gum disease is detected in its early stage, the damage can be reversed. For this reason, it is crucial that you make an appointment with us if you find that you have any of the following symptoms:

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  • Your gums are swollen, tender, puffy, or red.
  • When flossing or brushing, your gums begin bleeding.
  • Your teeth look longer due to gum recession.
  • You consistently have a bad taste in your mouth or bad breath.
  • Pus is coming from between your gums and teeth.
  • Your teeth fit differently when you bite.
  • You observe pockets in your mouth due to gum recession.

How Does Dr. Trujillo Treat Gum Disease?

Prevention is the best method for treating gum disease—which means scheduling regular teeth cleanings and check-up appointments. The earlier that gum disease is detected, the better the chances that it can be treated before it becomes too serious. Once it has reached an advanced stage, your treatment options typically include a professional cleaning to remove built-up plaque and tartar. From there, root planing is the next treatment option which involves smoothing the gums, teeth, and roots to make it harder for plaque to get stuck there. More extreme treatment methods include skin grafts and regenerations. It is best to consult with Dr. Trujillo to determine the best treatment path for you.

Some of the options Dr. Trujillo will consider: