When periodontal disease reaches the advanced stage, known as periodontitis, this could mean serious discomfort and major complications for the health and stability of your smile. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist will discuss possible solutions to periodontitis, and how to recognize common warning signs.
The Causes of Periodontitis
When the gums become inflamed, often due to poor oral hygiene, tobacco use, inflammatory illnesses, certain medications, or a history of gum issue is your family, this could mean soreness, redness, and bleeding. The symptoms will grow more severe with time, as your gingivitis becomes periodontal disease. While there is no cure for gum disease, lack of routine care to manage to could allow a more severe and serious stage to develop. Periodontitis is this stage, and it could mean serious trouble for your smile!
The Link to Adult Tooth Loss
At the advanced stage, your gums will bleed easily and appear red. Soreness is common, as is recession that makes your teeth appear long. At this stage, the tissues connecting your teeth and gums could become severed. Teeth become loose and eventually fall out without care. This is the number one cause of adult tooth loss. Fortunately, we have a few treatment options to help restore the health of your smile and to avoid missing teeth!
For the early stages of the disease, a scaling and root planing could be used to remove harmful plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and roots, reversing gingivitis and managing gum disease. We could also use pocket reduction surgery to reduce the depth of periodontal pockets, which makes the disease much more manageable and avoids missing teeth. Gum grafting could be used to correct receding gums and stabilize your smile. After these treatments, we will likely recommend a cleaning every three to four months to control plaque and tartar buildup and keep your smile whole.
What if you have lost teeth? If so, we can offer treatment to manage the underlying oral health issues. Next, we can move forwards with dental implant placement. After inserting the dental implant into the jawbone, we will attach an abutment and a crown. The new tooth will have the ability to last for decades to come, and maybe even a lifetime with proper daily care. If you have any questions about preventing or managing periodontal issues, or if you would like to learn more about tooth replacement with implant dentistry, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Gum Health?
We’re ready to help you maintain good oral health by treating common periodontal issues. If you want to learn more about maintaining good gum health, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.