A number of factors could lead to the onset of periodontal disease. Unless treated, this disease could lead to not only uncomfortable symptoms, but adult tooth loss too. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist takes a look at how we diagnose and treat periodontal disease. We’re also discussing what you can do to protect your gums from home!
The Causes and Risks of Gum Disease
How does a smile develop gum disease? The issue starts with gingivitis. Also known as gum inflammation, this occurs when various factors irritate and inflame the gums. Over time, this leads to soreness, redness, and even bleeding when you brush and floss. Unless treated, this could grow more severe until the tissue pulls away from the teeth and exposes deep pockets for bacteria to enter, leading to periodontal disease. While gingivitis can be reversed, periodontal disease needs to be managed with regular care to prevent the later stages linked to adult tooth loss.
Scaling and Root Planing
One method for reversing gingivitis and managing the early stages of gum disease is a scaling and root planing, also referred to as a deep cleaning. The procedure involves using a scaling and root planning device to carefully remove plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) from the surfaces of the teeth and the roots. This reduces inflammation and helps close periodontal pockets to better manage your smile’s health. The procedure could take one visit, or up to four, depending on the extent of your buildup. We complete the process by thoroughly polishing your smile. You also help protect your smile at home by brushing twice daily and flossing nightly before bed. Cutting back on sugary foods and drinks, and avoiding tobacco products, could also be beneficial for your oral health.
Gum Grafting and Pocket Reduction Surgery
If you have periodontitis, or an advanced stage of periodontal disease, then you may need more than a deep cleaning. With gum grafting, we address serious tissue recession, which could make the teeth look long and also increase the risk of future tooth loss. We also have pocket reduction surgery to reduce the depth of periodontal pockets, allowing us to better care for your smile and manage the disease. These options help manage periodontal issues and protect your smile from worsening discomfort or the loss of one or more of your natural teeth. If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat poor gum health, then contact our team today!
Do You Have Questions About Treating Periodontal Troubles?
Our team understands how to treat periodontal issues and protect the overall health of your smile in the process. If you want to learn more about improving the overall health and stability of your smile, then contact Dr. Ivan Lapidus in Los Angeles, CA, by calling (310) 446-4867. We’re proud to serve residents of the San Luis Obispo area!