Gum disease is a progressive condition that infects the bone, gum tissues and teeth in millions of Americans. It is under-diagnosed because many people do not experience painful symptoms and consider other symptoms to be common-place. Gum disease is easily preventable though with simple at-home hygiene care and regular dental visits. However, if left untreated, gum disease can progress to a more serious condition that may cause you to lose jaw bone volume, one or more teeth and has even been connected to systemic health conditions like stroke and heart disease! Dr. Alfred Lopez has been treating cases of gum disease with timely treatments and routine periodontal maintenance for over 30 years for our Albuquerque, NM patients. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease listed below, give us a call for a consultation today!
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
Swollen, bright red gums
Constant bad breath
Our Treatments for Gum Disease
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning of the tooth roots and area under the gum tissue. We use ultra-fine specialty tools to remove bacteria and buildup that has accumulated to prevent the development of gum disease and allow the gum tissue to reattach to the teeth.
When gum disease is left unchecked or scaling and root planing fails, we may need to perform osseous surgery. Osseous surgery involves removing infected gum tissue, cleaning tooth roots of bacteria and buildup and reshaping the jaw bone to allow for healthy reattachment of the gums and a restored oral environment.
Advanced forms of gum disease cannot be cured, only maintained. And the most effective way to keep it in control is through routine periodontal maintenance visits. We recommend coming in for your treatment every three months. Periodontal maintenance typically involves a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums, including scaling and root planing below the gum line.
Why Choose Our Periodontist
As a periodontist, Dr. Lopez has specialized his education and dental training on periodontal care, an in-depth study of your mouth, bones and soft tissues. This gives us a more detailed understanding of advanced procedures, including gum disease care and the placement of dental implants. Dr. Lopez also participates in over 100 hours of continuing education every year, as well as receiving a rotating surgical internship and a two-year periodontal residency program. Whenever you come into our office for any treatments, we will examine your gums and mouth to identify signs of disease and offer you the effective solutions you need. By keeping up with your oral health, you will not only protect your oral health, but your whole-body health as well!
Our Patients Tell The Story Best
Gum diease treatment
"I was afraid I was going to lose my teeth because of severe gum recession"