With poor gum health comes discomfort, including soreness or bleeding. But could issues like gum disease lead to the loss of one or more natural teeth? In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist will explain how poor periodontal health means complications of your smile, and how we treat common gum health issues.
The Causes of Gum Disease
Our gums hold our teeth in place and ensure a stable smile. However, when factors lead to inflammation, treatment is needed to prevent the onset of gum disease. Inflammation, known as gingivitis, could mean sore, red gums that bleed easily. Without care, the gums could pull away from the teeth, closing deep pockets for bacteria to enter. Periodontal disease then develops, and unless managed with routine care, could threaten the stability of your smile. Causes include a family history of periodontal issues, smoking or tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, inflammatory illnesses or medications, and prolonged illness. If you start to notice changes to your gingival tissues, then let us know right away.
When the disease enters the advanced stage, this causes the tissues that connect your teeth and gums to become severed. Soon, permanent teeth become loose and could be lost. As you lose your natural teeth, the jawbone also breaks, losing mass and anxiety and leading to additional tooth loss and poor oral health. While gingivitis can be reversed, gum disease cannot. However, with routine care to manage the disease, we can prevent the loss of your teeth and ensure a healthy, stable smile.
For the early stages of periodontal disease, we could recommend a scaling and root planing, which removes plaque and tartar from the gums and root surfaces. We then offer cleanings every three to four months to manage your oral health. For more severe cases, we could use gum grafting to restore the receded tissue and secure your teeth. We also have pocket reduction surgery, which reduces the depth of periodontal pockets to prevent the issue from growing more severe. From there, we can discuss positive changes to your oral health routines to help safeguard your smile and prevent periodontitis from harming your smile. If you have any questions about identifying and addressing issues like gingivitis and periodontal disease, or if you already have symptoms that cause you concern, then please contact our team today. With a consultation and exam, we can begin your journey to a better and stronger smile.
Do You Have Sore Gums?
We want to make sure you see us once you notice changes to your smile. To preserve the health and stability of your smile, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today. Our team knows the gums are the key to a whole and strong smile.