Gum Disease Screening
Gum disease is an oral health issue that affects more than just your gums. It can also impact the health of your teeth and their supporting structures as well. When it first begins, however, it does not seem that bad. In fact, many people with the early stages of gum disease might not even know they have it. Untreated, however, gum disease only continues to worsen. It can even affect your overall health, contributing to issues such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. At Michael Yokoyama, D.D.S, we can help to detect the presence of gum disease and provide you with the treatment you need, with a gum disease screening.
Causes of Gum Disease
There are some different issues that can lead to the development of gum disease. Common causes include:
What Symptoms Can Indicate Gum Disease?
The symptoms you experience will vary depending upon how far gum disease has progressed. Symptoms include:
Gum Disease Screening
A gum disease screening allows us to detect the presence of gum disease. Gum disease screenings are performed during every regular dental exam. During the screening, we carefully look over your gum tissues, checking for any signs of redness and swelling. We take a close look at how your gum tissue sits against your teeth. Using a small, specialized tool, we can measure the depths of your periodontal pockets. Pockets less than 3 millimeters are considered to be healthy, while pockets 4 millimeters or deeper are considered unhealthy. The loss of attachment can also indicate that there might be bone loss as well. While looking over your gums, we also look over your teeth as well, to determine the presence of gum recession.
If we do detect gum disease, we can then determine the severity of the condition. In determining the severity, we are then able to create a customized treatment plan to help the tissue heal and restore the health of your mouth.
Treatments for Gum Disease
The treatments we recommend depend upon how advanced your gum disease is. Treatments we may recommend include:
A gum disease screening is essential for the detection and treatment of gum disease, helping to prevent the condition from growing worse and restoring your oral health. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call Michael Yokoyama, D.D.S today at 760-632-9055.
Michael Yokoyama, D.D.S
477 North El Camino Real #C-306
Encinitas, CA 92024
Monday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm