Different Periodontal Treatments

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Gum health and tooth health are inextricably linked. Poor gum health can lead to tooth loss, so if you have gums that are inflamed, swollen, or bleeding, taking action now could ultimately save your smile. Our cosmetic dentist in North Hollywood offers a variety of periodontal treatments that can preserve, improve, and restore your gum health.

1. Scaling and root planing
Also known as SRP, this is a deep cleaning procedure that focuses on cleaning all buildup from your teeth so that your gums can heal without the interference of bacterial toxins. By removing plaque and tartar both above and below the gumline, we can create a healthier oral environment. For many people, SRP and improved dental hygiene are all that are needed to address early stages of periodontitis.

2. Pocket reduction surgery
As gum disease progresses, gum tissues become loose, forming pockets around the teeth. These pockets allow even more plaque to accumulate, and over time, the infection can drive deep into the oral cavity. Pocket reduction surgery is typically performed in conjunction with deep cleaning procedures and is designed to reduce the size and depths of periodontal pockets.

3. Gum grafts
Gum tissue can be destroyed by periodontal disease. Gum grafts can help restore lost tissue and regenerate healthy new tissue.

Call our office today to learn more about available periodontal treatments in North Hollywood or to schedule an appointment with our team.

What You Need to Know about Gum Disease

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Gum disease is one of the most insidious dental diseases, capable of great damage to your smile before you even know you have it. Our Los Angeles periodontists can help you learn everything you need to know about gum disease so that you can keep your smile safe and healthy.

Some things to know about gum disease:

1. Gum disease is not inevitable
Although gum disease becomes more common with age, it is not inevitable. Good dental habits and preventive care can keep your gums healthy now and as you age.

2. Gum disease can be hard to spot
Bleeding gums should be taken seriously because they are one of the most obvious signs of gum disease. Puffiness, swelling, and discoloration can also occur in the early stages of gum disease. However, the best way to identify gum disease in its early stages is through regular dental checkups.

3. Gum disease can be linked to other serious problems
Gum disease has been linked to tooth and bone loss in the mouth, but it has also been linked to dementia, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, heart attack, strokes, and pregnancy complications.

4. Gum disease is treatable
Both noninvasive and surgical treatments can be used to treat the issue.

5. Gum disease should not be ignored
This chronic infection will get worse without treatment and can cause extensive damage.

Call our office today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in gum disease in Los Angeles.

Common Treatment Options for Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. Without treatment, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, a more advanced stage of gum disease that can cause gum, tooth, and bone loss. If you have gingivitis, our Los Angeles periodontist can help you find the right treatment to restore gum health.

Common treatment options for gingivitis include:

1. A professional dental cleaning
Plaque buildup and the bacteria that live in plaque are responsible for the inflammation and irritation associated with gingivitis. In the earliest stages of this disease, a professional cleaning to remove this buildup may be all that is needed to eliminate symptoms and allow the gums to heal.

2. Scaling and root planing
If gingivitis has caused the gums to pull away from the teeth, plaque buildup can develop below the gum line, which can necessitate a more extensive type of cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. This deep cleaning procedure can remove all buildup above and below the gum line and smooth the roots of the tooth so that the gums can heal properly.

3. Improved at-home care
No matter what type of professional treatment you need, it will need to be augmented with improved at-home hygiene. We may recommend specific products to combat the bacterial infection underlying the gingivitis, such as a special fluoride toothpaste or antimicrobial mouthwash.

Call our office today to find out more about preventing and treating gingivitis or to schedule your next checkup with our expert in gingivitis treatment in Los Angeles.

Periodontal Treatment Options

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Our dentist offers several periodontal treatments, ensuring that a solution is available at any stage of gum disease. While very early periodontitis may respond to improved oral hygiene, advanced cases sometimes call for surgery. Here are our respective treatments for mild, moderate, and severe gum disease.

Deep Cleaning

Also known as scaling and root planing, this treatment involves using special tools to clear bacteria out of the periodontal pockets, which develop in the gums by the tooth roots. Deep cleaning may be recommended when gingivitis is too severe for routine cleaning to be a sufficient solution.

Gum Flap Surgery

This procedure is also used to remove plaque and bacteria from the tooth roots. Unlike deep cleaning, however, this procedure uses incisions to reach areas that are otherwise inaccessible.

Tissue Grafting

For patients whose gum disease has damaged their oral soft tissues and bone, our dentist in East Los Angeles may recommend tissue grafting. Instead of treating the periodontitis directly, this procedure aids recovery by spurring regrowth of the tissues that support the teeth.

The options listed here can help stop and reverse gum disease, a condition that can cause tooth loss, as well as other serious complications in the mouth and throughout the body. At a consultation with our expert in periodontal treatments in East Los Angeles, you can have your gum health assessed and learn more about these procedures.

Treatment Options for Gum Disease

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Gum disease is the result of plaque and tartar that have been allowed to accumulate and cause decay. There are stages of gum disease, and the earlier it is caught and treated, the better your chances of avoiding serious health concerns.

The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. It is characterized by red, swollen gums that tend to bleed easily during regular brushing and flossing. At this point, gum disease is highly treatable and reversible. In some cases, better oral hygiene practices at home, along with more frequent professional dental cleanings can effectively treat gingivitis. For others, scaling and root planing may be necessary. Scaling involves our West Hollywood dentist scraping all the plaque and tartar away from above and below the gumline. Root planing involves the dentist removing the rough bacterial deposits that form at the root of each tooth.

Periodontitis is the next stage of gum disease, and it is characterized by deep periodontal pockets, bleeding gums, and loose teeth. Sometimes scaling and root planing is able to treat periodontitis, but surgery is often necessary. Flap surgery is when our gum treatment dentist in West Hollywood surgically lifts back the gums to remove the plaque and tartar. If there are any bone irregularities, they are smoothed out. In other cases, bone or gum graft surgery is required to restore the tissue loss that occurs during this stage of gum disease.

Surgery for Periodontal Disease

Surgery for Periodontal DiseasePeriodontal disease is a serious infection that can cause extensive damage if it is not identified and treated early. The best way to avoid periodontal disease is through good dental hygiene and regular checkups, but if periodontal disease has already damaged your smile, our dentist in Santa Clara can help.

Our dentist may recommend conservative treatments if the gum disease is still superficial. However, surgery may be necessary if it has extended to the supporting structures of your teeth or caused damage. Surgical periodontal treatment options include:

1.    Pocket reduction surgery
This procedure is designed to tighten the gums around the teeth to eliminate or reduce the size of periodontal pockets.

2.    Bone and soft tissue grafts
Bone and gum loss are common occurrences with advanced gum disease. If you have lost substantial tissue, we may recommend grafts to stimulate growth and restore health.

3.    Dental implants
Tooth loss is a frequent complication of periodontal disease. If you have lost teeth, our dentist may recommend dental implants, which are surgically implanted into the jawbone for the strongest restoration available.

A scaling and root planing procedure, or a deep cleaning, may be needed before the surgery can be performed. Give us a call today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in periodontal surgery in Santa Clara.