Locascio Family Dentistry

Gum Disease - Elk Grove, CA

Treating Gum Disease at Locascio Family Dentistry

8101 Laguna Blvd., Suite #1
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Directions (916) 683-4333
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Gum disease is a challenging and often painful condition that can significantly impact a person's oral and overall health. The team at Locascio Family Dentistry understands the struggles that people with gum disease may face, such as sensitivity, bleeding, and discomfort when eating or brushing their teeth.

It's essential to approach gum disease treatment with compassion and care, as it can be a source of stress and anxiety for those experiencing it. The good news is that gum disease is treatable and preventable with proper care and attention.

If you're experiencing any symptoms of gum disease, such as red or swollen gums, bleeding when brushing or flossing, or bad breath, don't wait to seek treatment. Early intervention can help prevent further damage and potentially save your teeth.

Stages Of Gum Disease


Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease. Gingivitis develops as toxins, enzymes and other plaque byproducts by irritating the gums, making them tender, swollen and likely to bleed easily. Gingivitis generally can be stopped with proper oral hygiene and minor treatment from your dentist. If this is achieved, your gums can return to a healthy state.


Moderate gum disease is when the tooth's bone tissue starts to deteriorate. Periodontitis occurs when plaque byproducts destroy the tissues that anchor your teeth in the bone. The gums deteriorate and begin detaching themselves from the teeth forming gum pockets, which allows more plaque to collect below the gum line. This causes the roots of the teeth to become susceptible to decay. Generally, patients notice an increase in sensitivity to hot and cold and to touch.

Advanced Periodontitis

Advanced periodontitis occurs when a major amount of gum and bone tissue has been lost and the teeth are losing more and more support due to the loss of periodontal ligament and bone. Some teeth are unable to be saved and must be extracted. If left untreated, advanced periodontitis can cause severe health problems elsewhere in the body.

Causes of Gum Disease

Our mouths are full of bacteria from the foods we eat. This bacteria constantly builds-up throughout the day and becomes the sticky, colorless substance on our teeth we call "plaque."

If plaque is allowed to stay on the surface of your teeth for extended periods of time, it begins to harden into "tartar." Removing plaque from daily brushing will help prevent tartar from forming. Tartar is much more difficult to remove and allows the bacteria within to eat away at the surrounding tooth and gum tissues.

As bacteria that's allowed to sit along the gumline continues, it causes the gums to become inflamed and turn red. This is known as "gingivitis" and if left untreated, it can advance to "periodontitis," which is an inflammation around the tooth that starts to affect the bony tooth-support.

At this point, gums pull away from the tooth and form "pockets" that become infected. Plaque and tartar spread and grow below the gum line and break down the bone and connective tissue. If this cycle is left untreated, it will typically progress to the point where the tooth needs to be removed.

Daily brushing and flossing as well as regular visits to the dentist help keep plaque and tartar from causing issues associated from gingivitis and periodontitis.

Periodontal Health Effects

Studies have shown links between periodontal (gum) disease, heart disease and other health conditions.

Research further suggests that gum disease may be a more serious risk for heart disease, more so than hypertension, smoking, cholesterol, gender or age.

Researcher's conclusions suggest that bacteria present in infected gums can become loose and move throughout the body through the bloodstream. Once bacteria reaches the arteries, they can irritate them in the same way that they irritate gum tissue causing arterial plaque, which can cause hardening and affect blood-flow.

What's Involved With A Root Planing Procedure?

Each person's oral health is unique and the stage and current condition of the teeth and gums will dictate how involved a deep cleaning is as well as how long it takes to heal. Usually a deep cleaning is done one-half of the mouth at a time and healing takes about a day or two.

During a deep cleaning we will numb the areas of your gums where we are working, which will keep you from feeling any discomfort during the procedure. Using a special tool, we will remove any tartar build up that is found on tooth roots below the gumline and we ensure the tooth root gets a smooth finish to allow the gum tissues to start re-attaching itself. Our office uses a special ultrasonic tool that will ensure the quickest and most comfortable deep cleaning as possible and is something some other dental offices do not offer. After your root planing procedure, you may be recommended to take a medication to help control soreness from the procedure, keep away infections and to promote healing.

Soft Tissue Laser

Locascio Family Dentistry uses a laser soft system to treat gum disease and other soft tissue problems. With the use of our soft tissue laser system, we can painlessly treat soft tissue (gum-related) issues such as periodontitis as well as perform more advanced procedures such as gum grafts. Give our Elk Grove dental office a call at (916) 683-4333 and learn how the use of a soft tissue laser can benefit you during your next visit.

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