When periodontal disease teaches the later stages, this could lead to deep pockets along the gum line, and an increased risk of complications like periodontitis or tooth loss. To help restore your smile to optimal health and function, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist may suggest treatment with Pocket Reduction Surgery.
The Warning Signs You Need to Know
How do you know if you should seek treatment of an issue like gum disease? The issue forms when inflammation remains untreated. Inflammation could be the result of poor oral hygiene, plaque and tartar buildup, smoking and the use of other tobacco products, inflammatory illnesses, certain medications, or a family history of periodontal problems. People may initially notice their gums loom redder than usual, and feel sensitive. Bleeding when you brush and floss could be a factor too. When you experience these warning signs, please let us know right away.
Dangers of Periodontitis
The disease will grow more severe with time, eventually reaching a later stage known as periodontitis. At this stage, the disease actually begins to destroy the tissues that connect your teeth and gums. The teeth become loose and eventually fall out. In fact, this is the number one cause of adult tooth loss! However, with care in the early stages, we can help you avoid this.
Pocket Reduction Surgery
When the disease has reached a late stage, we could use pocket reduction surgery to reduce the depth of the periodontal pockets along your gum line. These pockets allow the issue to form. They develop when inflammation causes the tissues to pull away from the teeth. As the pockets increase in depth, bacteria enter them and allow periodontal disease to develop. The surgery reduces the depths so we can better manage the disease with routine cleaning visits every three to four months. If you have lost teeth due to periodontitis, we could discuss replacement with implant dentistry. We also have treatments for more minor cases, such as a scaling and root planing, which removes all plaque and tartar from the teeth and roots.
If you have any questions about how our team treats periodontal issues and helps you enjoy a full and healthy smile, then please contact our team today. If you see us early, we may address the issue with more minor treatment options!
Do You Have Questions About Periodontal Treatment?
Our team wants to help you better manage your periodontal issues and avoid complications like tooth loss by treating your gum health issues quickly and efficiently. If you want to learn more about keeping your smile free of dental disease with preventive cleanings and surgical procedures, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.