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.

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.