A few complicated factors precede periodontal scaling, including the transition of biofilm to calculus and the swelling of gingival tissue. These factors are complicit in the advancement of common gingivitis—literally inflammation of the gums—toward chronic periodontitis, which affects nearly half of American adults over 30.
Most plaque lives at or just below the gum line, making it impossible to detach by ordinary brushing or flossing. To remove it, our LA periodontist uses a hand scaler and occasionally curettes. In addition, laser therapy has entered the periodontal arena to a large extent, so ask your specialist.
Whether the dentist or periodontist uses manual or electronic instruments, the object is to clean out any pockets that formed between the gums and teeth—the pockets where bacteria rule. Once the relevant area is numbed, the dentist goes over each tooth incrementally to scrub it of every deposit. Because of the attention to detail, only a quarter of the mouth may be covered in one session.
One advantage of an electronic instrument like an ultrasonic scaler is the creation of tiny air bubbles. Since all bacteria are anaerobic, the oxygen created by the bubbles is devastating.
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Despite the fact that half of adults in America have it, periodontal disease is not on most people’s radar. High numbers of adults practice little to no oral hygiene. Unfortunately, periodontal disease always gets worse if left untreated, and can irreversibly affect the bones and soft tissues in the mouth.
Seeing your San Fernando Valley dentist for regular exams is still the best way to keep track of your dental health. Your periodontal specialist will work to reverse your gum disease, and make a treatment plan to ensure it stays minimal.
There are DIY remedies you can try as well. Two secret agents against periodontal disease are turmeric and coconut oil. You can leave a turmeric paste on the gums overnight, and this kills bacteria and relieves inflammation. Or you can brush with turmeric powder instead of toothpaste for a few weeks. Rinsing orally with coconut oil can reduce bacteria and even strengthen gums.
Your doctor may decide you need scaling and root planing. This is a conservative, non-surgical treatment that superficially improves the tooth roots to make them less conducive to bacteria. There’s also pocket reduction, which involves peeling back the gum and removing infectious bacteria and affected bone.
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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.
Gum disease begins at home through negligence. Reversing the trend involves lifestyle changes, and good faith with your dentist. Gum disease can wreck your mouth and your quality of life, but only if you let it.
You can minimize early stages of gum disease by stepping up your brushing and flossing, and by adding an extra line of defense like an anti-microbial rinse. Early signs may include slight bleeding while brushing or flossing, or some gum recession causing your teeth to appear longer. While gum recession sounds bad, it’s a process your dentist can reverse with enough notice.
Your dentist cleans your teeth with both ultrasonic equipment and hand instruments. If your gum disease has advanced to middle stages, they may perform scaling and root planing. In this non-surgical, local-anesthetic procedure, our expert in periodontal treatments in Los Angeles removes the tartar deposits from below the gum line, and etches the root surfaces to make them less receptive to bacteria.
The most progressed, serious kinds of gum disease may merit surgical treatment. If periodontal pockets develop, the gums need to be refitted around the teeth. If bone loss has occurred, you may need bone grafting or tissue engineering.
Our dentists in Los Angeles can help you get out of gum disease. Call for more information.
Gum disease is typically painless and does much of its damage without many noticeable symptoms. A periodontal abscess is different. This is a type of infection that is often extremely painful and can occur suddenly. A periodontal abscess may be accompanied by redness, swelling, pain and bleeding. It may occur near the neck of the tooth or in a periodontal pocket. Our Los Angeles periodontists will need to examine the area, take X-rays and determine the most appropriate treatment for you.
An abscess is a localized infection and will typically need to be drained. This can be done through the periodontal pocket or through an incision using local anesthesia to keep you comfortable and eliminate pain. The area will be thoroughly cleaned to remove any foreign material and bacteria. If the root of the tooth was involved in the infection, you may also need a root canal treatment. You may then be given antibiotics or pain medication depending on your needs.
Good dental hygiene can help prevent periodontal abscesses. Brush, floss and visit us regularly. Rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash to kill bacteria, and eat a healthy, balanced diet. Call our expert in treating periodontal abscess in Los Angeles to schedule your appointment.
Gum disease is a serious chronic infection of the gum tissues that can occur and worsen without many noticeable symptoms, such as pain. Regular dental exams are one of the best ways to catch this disease in its earliest and most treatable stage, but being aware of gum disease symptoms can allow you to monitor your gums for signs of problems at home and get treatment promptly.
Some obvious symptoms of gum disease include:
- Bleeding gums
Healthy gums should not bleed, but when gums become irritated by oral bacteria, they can bleed at the slightest touch. You might notice bleeding when you floss, brush, or eat. This is the most obvious sign of gum disease.
- Redness, puffiness, and swelling
Healthy gum tissue is pink, firm, and tight against the teeth. Oral bacteria can cause inflammation, and your gums might begin to look red, puffy, or swollen. They might be tender when you brush, floss, or otherwise touch them.
- Bad breath
If your breath is constantly bad and does not resolve with improved dental hygiene, you might have gum disease. The oral bacteria responsible for gum disease release a foul-smelling discharge, which appears as bad breath.
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Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. It is typically characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing. Gums can begin to recede, and if gingivitis is not treated in time, it can progress to a much more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis. Luckily, when gum disease has only reached the gingivitis stage, it is highly treatable and much of the damage can be reversed. A periodontal scaling is one such treatment that is designed to treat gingivitis before it progresses into periodontitis.
Scaling refers to the process of our Los Angeles periodontist scraping away the plaque and the tartar from above and below the gumline. Scaling is usually done in conjunction with root planing as a form of conservative treatment that acts as the first line of defense against the beginnings of gum disease. Root planing is very similar to periodontal scaling, but it focuses on removing plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the tooth root. Plaque and tartar are the leading causes of tooth decay, and in turn gum disease, and periodontal scaling is one of the most effective methods for removing them. By removing the plaque and tartar from along the gumline, it encourages the gums to more snugly attach to the teeth.
If you think you may have some of the symptoms of gingivitis, contact our expert in periodontal scaling in Los Angeles to schedule a consultation.