Periodontitis refers to the advanced stage of periodontal disease, a stage that could cause serious trouble for your oral health! Which is why in today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist is going to talk about how to recognize symptoms and make better decisions for your smile, and the treatment options we can offer our patients!
How Does Periodontitis Form?
Trouble starts when various factors cause the gums to become inflamed, such as the use of certain medications, poor brushing and flossing habits, lack of professional cleanings, a family history of inflammatory issues, or the presence of an inflammatory illness. Over time, lack of treatment means the onset of periodontal disease as the tissues pull away from the teeth and form deep pockets. If this remains untreated, you could experience sore, red, and bleeding gums. Eventually, periodontitis could develop.
Dangers to Your Smile
The advanced stage poses major risks for your smile. You could experience worsening discomfort, and you could notice recession that makes teeth appear long and uneven. In addition, the tissues that connect the teeth and the gums could deteriorate, which leads to loose teeth and even tooth loss. In fact, this is the number one cause of adult tooth loss! Without treatment, this could cause your smile to continue losing natural teeth, leading to a breakdown in the jaw structure linked to a prematurely aged appearance. However, we have a few treatment options to save your smile!
Preventive Care and Oral Surgery
In the earliest stages of inflammation, we could reverse the issue with a deep cleaning. The scaling and root planing process removes all plaque and tartar from the teeth and roots. We then polish the teeth and manage the issue with regular checkups and cleanings every three to four months. If your periodontal disease is too severe to be managed with this approach, we could suggest antibiotics and surgery, such as pocket reduction surgery or gum grafting, to essentially rebuild the tissues and remove diseased and infected portions. Afterward, we can use routine care to manage your gum disease and prevent periodontitis, keeping your smile whole and healthy.
If you have any questions about how we manage your oral health and avoid tooth loss, or if you have symptoms such as sore and bleeding gums, then let us know right away. Your gingival tissues frame your smile and keep your teeth in place, so good gum health is essential for optimal oral health.
Do You Have Questions About Treating Your Gums?
We’re ready to help you safeguard the health and beauty of your smile. If you want to learn about protecting the health of your gums and the stability of your smile, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.