Periodontal disease forms when gum inflammation isn’t managed, and without treatment, could lead to discomfort and even tooth loss. Fortunately, we have treatment designed to help manage the disease and protect the stability of your smile. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist looks at our periodontal disease treatments.
Scaling and Root Planing
The disease starts as initial inflammation, also known as gingivitis. At this stage, you may notice sore and red gums that bleed easily. The cause could be linked to poor oral health habits, tobacco use, family history of periodontal issues, or inflammatory illnesses. At this stage, we can reverse the issue completely and protect your smile. If the disease has already started and is still in the early stages, then this procedure could allow us to manage it. The scaling and root planing, also known as a dental cleaning, involves the use of an ultrasonic cleaning device and a maul tool to break up and remove all buildup from the teeth and roots. We then polish the teeth thoroughly. This could take one visit, or up to four, the exact amount depends on the extent of the buildup and inflammation.
In the more severe stages of gum disease, your tissue could begin to recede from the teeth. Known as gum recession, this exposes the roots and increases the risk of tooth decay, infection, and even tooth loss in major stages. Your teeth could also appear long and uneven, impacting the esthetics of your smile. To treat the issue, we could recommend grafting, in which we apply new tissues to the area to cover the teeth and restore the appearance and health of your smile. Following the grafting, we can help manage and monitor your smile with cleanings every three to four months.
Pocket Reduction Surgery
The disease begins when the inflammation we discussed open allows pockets to form at the gum line. As the depth of these pockets increases, bacteria can enter and cause periodontal disease. To help manage the disease and safeguard the smile, we could use surgery to limit the depth of these pockets, preventing the disease from reaching the advanced stages linked to tooth loss.
What if you have lost teeth due to periodontal issues? Once we manage the issue, we could discuss replacement with lifelike and long-lasting dental implants, which provide decades of tooth replacement! If you have any questions about these procedures, then contact our team today.
Talk To Your Los Angeles, CA, Dentist About Periodontal Health
Our team wants to help people enjoy better oral health and whole smiles. If you would like to learn more about our periodontal procedures, then contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist, Dr. Lapidus, by calling 310-446-4867. A healthy and whole smile is possible!