Periodontal Treatments

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Gum disease has two stages – moderate and severe, otherwise known as gingivitis and periodontitis. While gingivitis can be reversed with rigorous daily oral care, periodontitis is a serious condition. It can cause bleeding, tender, and bleeding gum tissue, as well as heart conditions, stroke, and diabetes. Fortunately, our Houston dentist can perform several treatments and procedures to eliminate periodontitis and reverse its effects.

The first method used to combat severe gum disease, other than increased at home care, is a deep cleaning. A deep cleaning is also called a scaling and root planing, or SRP. It involves removing built up plaque just above and just below the gum line.

If a scaling and root planing is not successful, a few different surgical methods can be used. Gum flap surgery is a more invasive way to remove plaque. Our expert in periodontics will make an incision in order to remove plaque from the tooth root surfaces. They can also use this time to mend the bone if the disease has led to jaw bone loss. A gum grafting can also be performed to replace lost gum tissue.

Our dentist will work with you in order to plan your gum disease treatment.

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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.

What Does a Periodontist Do?

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Despite the fact that our teeth and surrounding elements are so strong, a lot can go wrong in the mouth. Teeth can become infected or damaged, our jaws can begin to hurt, and our bites can be off. Fortunately, there are many different types of dentists that specialize in the different components of oral health. Periodontists, for example, are experts in preventing, diagnosing, and treating gum disease.

Patients who visit our San Francisco periodontist will have their gum checked thoroughly. We examine for gumline recession, loose teeth, and any bite issues. The periodontal pockets are located in between the teeth and gums, and a probing instrument can check these areas for inflammation. X-rays may also be necessary in order to inspect the bone below the gums.

There are more than three million cases of periodontal disease reported per year. You may be suffering from periodontitis if your gums are swollen, uncharacteristically red, receding, or bleeding. Other symptoms include bad breath, toothaches, or loose teeth. There are several methods employed to treat the disease, beginning with scaling a root planning or a root surface debridement.

Periodontists are also experts in the placement of dental implants, further ensuring your continued oral health.

What Does a Periodontal Surgeon Do?

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A periodontal surgeon is a surgeon that specializes in performing surgeries on the gums. Gum disease is typically the main reason for needing the services of a periodontal surgeon.

When gum disease has reached the periodontitis stage, it is common for the patient to have developed rather deep periodontal pockets. Usually pockets that are deeper than 5mm are considered to be particularly problematic. These periodontal pockets are the perfect safe haven for plaque and tartar to proliferate and cause damage to the bone and surrounding tissue, sometimes resulting in tooth loss. Pocket reduction surgery is one such example of a surgery that a periodontal surgeon would perform. During this surgery, the gums are surgically lifted back and the tartar is removed. Any irregular surfaces on the bone are also smoothed out. When the surgery is finished, the gums are closed back up so that they once again fit snugly against the tooth. For gums that have receded, another common procedure that our periodontist in Los Angeles would perform is a gum graft surgery. A periodontal surgeon may also perform a bone graft or a guided tissue regeneration surgery in order to promote better periodontal health.

If you are suffering from particularly bad gum disease, it is recommended that you contact our periodontal surgeon in Los Angeles to schedule a consultation.

Periodontal Disease and Treatment Optionse

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Gum disease can begin with a simple lack of home care, and proceed into dangerous systemic infection. Plaque can spread below the gum line and endanger the underlying bone. Not flossing regularly can increase the odds of this, and when you consider the percentage of dental patients who happily lie to their dentist about how often they floss, gum disease is a rampant and serious health risk.

Luckily, our periodontist in Beverly Hills has a range of treatment options, both surgical and nonsurgical, for every level of periodontal disease. These treatments include:

• Nonsurgical
o Scaling—the dentist removes tartar from hard-to-reach places in the mouth using a scraping tool.
o Root planing—another form of deep cleaning, this method addresses the biofilm that builds up below the gumline, decreasing inflammation
o Antibiotics—your doctor may prescribe you oral rinses or gels to fight infection or inflammation.

• Surgical
o Pocket reduction—loosening of the teeth in the gums may occur when disease is left unmitigated. The dentist will remove bacteria and reseal these vacancies.
o Flap surgery—this involves the dentist peeling back gum tissue to expose the roots to better cleaning.
o Bone grafting—in extreme cases of periodontal disease, bone loss can occur. When this happens, regrowth can be stimulated by adding bits of bone, yours or even a synthetic product.

For more about periodontal disease and treatments, contact our dentist in Beverly Hills.