Severe gum disease is one of the most common problems dentists see today. In fact, over three million American adults are currently suffering from some form of gum disease. When gingivitis is left untreated, it can develop into periodontitis. This is indicated by red, swollen gums that may feel tender and bleed when brushed. The teeth may also become more sensitive and appear longer. There are several treatments available from our dentist’s that can reduce the effects of periodontitis and even eliminate the disease altogether.
A scaling and root planing, or SRP, is often the first step in returning the gums to a healthy state. This involves a sharp tool that removes any plaque or small debris from just below and just above the gum line. This treatment, as with all of the others, should be performed in conjunction with improved at-home cleaning and care.
If a scaling and root planing is unsuccessful, our Los Angeles periodontics team will likely next perform a pocket reduction, to clean out and eliminate the gaps that have formed between the gum tissue and the tooth roots. Removing plaque and tartar from these pockets can significantly decrease inflammation.
Our dentist may recommend periodontal treatment before, or in conjunction with, a smile makeover. Schedule an appointment to learn more today.